It rained, FINALLY!!.. ...the best news we've been waiting for, has been answered...It rained, today, after a long while. Boy, what a difference a rain can make! The weather and temperature finally improved. It rained heavier as the night passed on. Actually it started raining on Sunday morning. Went out til afternoon, then came back to see the whole street lined up with people, young and old, on both sides of the street waiting for the cyclists to pedal through the street. Too bad i missed the action! But heard the people were cheering and chanting "Jia You!", as the riders pedaled through.. A few pics inside one of the subway waiting areas. The most popular line in all of Beijing, would argubly be, Line 1 (i think our yannie would agree with this). During rush hour, that line could have people packed in, chest to chest, literally. Anyway, i still wasn't able to go and watch any matches (so, no pics of any baddy actions, yet). But y'day(Sunday), was able to meet up with Fengwei and added another troop to the squad as BadFever finally showed up. We spent part of the afternoon visiting the Wangfujing area & the always crowded Chang An Jie street, the main artery in Beijing (i'm sure yannie is very familiar with this also). Also stopped by for who-knows-what-apparent-reason at the Quanjude restaurant. There were literally thousands of people, going to and fro in this popular shopping area/district in Beijing. Also went to a souvenir shop and took some pics of some of what they're selling as official souvenirs. Notice in one of the pics, the price of one of those replicas medal is nearly RMB60,000+. And one of the miniature Bird's Nest replica costs RMB2008 (to represent this yr). Btw, re the pic with people standing at the edge of the glass railing, actually they were watching the games LIVE through a very large jumbo screen. As a matter of facts, many malls were showing the live feed on their large screens. The govt. also assigned a few public places to show the games for the public to gather and see. Anyway, here are some pics taken from our mini-stroll around in the Wangfujing shopping area, in the semi-dampen weather. Thanks to Fengwei for providing all the "free" tour guide!