I was planning to make the time to breathe some life into this blog over my 14 days in Beijing, but apparently WordPress, and just about every non-Chinese blogging platform, is blocked in China. At least it was for me.
I’m sure this young man has nothing at all to do with that. He was one of thousands of sentries assigned to security duty during the Olympics. His position was near the ‘Bird’s Nest’ National Stadium, the centerpiece of the Games, one of dozens of striking architectural wonders that left the 1 million or so visitors staring in awe.
I was told that his particular branch fell somewhere between army and police, a national guard of sorts. Typically these recruits are from rural areas far from Beijing, serve a four year tour of duty, are given free food and lodging, and earn between 50 and 100 Euros/month –savings are more than enough to go back home a start a small business if they choose.
More from Beijing when I get around to organizing some notes. In the meantime, you can check out some photos here.