Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Flood Basin That Is Beijing

Our trip back from Longqing Gorge took four hours, about twice as long as should be expected.

One of the main reasons was all of the flooding that had occurred in Beijing at the end of a full day of sometimes torrential rain.

This picture was taken out of the window of the 919 bus we were riding back into town. All of this water had built up not on a small back road, but on the Badaling Expressway, one of the major arteries that travels north in and out of Beijing city. The situation on the side roads, as we could observe, was much worse, with lots of cars apparently stuck.

None of this explains the delays we experienced high up in the mountains, where the roads were not flooded, yet we nevertheless were stuck in traffic that did not move for nearly an hour. We had enough time to get off the bus, find a place to answer nature's call (don't ask...you don't want to know details on location), and flag down the same bus, which had barely moved while we were scouting things out.

At least I wasn't driving. Sleep is so much better than a right leg that you want to saw off because of the fidgets...

~Steve

2 Comments:

At 12:47 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

Glad to hear you guys made it through unscathed! The Beijing floods made the news reel on my phone and they said there were some casualties.

 
At 8:29 PM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Apparently 37 casualties.

 

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