Beijing makes it to the top spot

Ok so I enthused my heart out about Hanoi, my former favourite Asian city but its been knocked off its perch by the sheer brilliance of Beijing. Here’s why…
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This obscure photo doesn’t explain why this city has soared to the top of my charts unless you know the buildings purpose and a little about me.
This is the watercube the aquatic park venue that hosted the Beijing 2008 Olympic games. In all my years of swimming training I never thought I’d get the chance to swim somewhere so incredible in water that witnessed world records being broken. It was easy enough getting to the Olympic village but a bit difficult explaining your swimming intentions to the staff without doing a breaststroke mime! But it happened I got a ticket and got 2 hours in the warm up pool. The first proper swim in ages so I’m a bit achey this morning ahead of my Great Wall hike but the experience was worth it.
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Took some time afterwards to watch the Olympians practice dive routines which was amazing in the empty venue.
The building also looked amazing lit up at night when I came out so I braved the cold to take some photos. My hands perished. Well done sir Norman Foster. Jolly good job Norm.
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