Living at the top of a 6-storey apartment in Beijing (inside the 2nd ring road northeast of the Forbidden City) without a lift do has its advantages. Yes, no elevator for 2 to 6 stories and having a penthouse that is literally on the 7th level doesn’t count at all. Aside from the daily and sometimes unwanted exercise, we love the view from our penthouse and watching the marvelous fireworks over Beijing skyline for the 2nd time since Beijing lifted its 12-year ban on it was simply awesome!
Xinnian Kuai Le! Gong xi fa cai! Above is a photo of Antonio at Novotel Oasis where we spent a brief holiday a week earlier. Le Cafe, the hotel’s western restaurant that was also part of our project years ago, was decorated with Chinese New Year motifs and pots of tangerines. These tiny, very sweet and mostly seedless mandarin oranges are symbolic of good luck. You can buy them anywhere for 3 to 5 RMB yi jing (0.35 to 0.65US$/P18 to P30 per half a kilo).