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The lonely night time in Beijing

Popularity 9Viewed 3424 times 2014-8-31 14:18 |Personal category:Life|System category:Life| friendship, political, continue, collect, evening

The rooftop bar time is over on friendship hotel in haidian.We three stay sometime and continue our political and social discussion since we started at 6 pm.Its now 11.15 and the bar boys are busy to close their arrangement. Finally they knock on our table.We getup and collect some more Beijing beer bottle.Since evening few hundred student from qinghua,Beida and expert living in the premises came to this open sky bar and stay sometime.Its the summer holiday in 1983.I am still in language institute.The other Ifti is a medical student in bei yi san yuan medical college.Bakr came from Shanghai and he is moving to almost every student dormitory, stay there for one or two night.We know the buses of Beijing stopped at 11 p.m. But it doesn’t make any matter to us.Today evening it is really hot weather. We carried out our bottle and start walking towards Beitai pingzhuang.Gradually one after one open up our sweated T shirt.

So quiet street.No sound at all.We was walking in the mid of the street.No wind at all.No building has been made to this street except many sheded slum for temporary living. We cross the rail bridge on the top of us.Suddenly a bus coming slowly and while passing through us ask us whether we need to ride on. We replied we are comfortable on walking.Only the driver and ticketman is on board.We heard a lot about this night time bus and first time we can see them.The street is almost dark as for saving energy they put a single light in the mid of the street.This is happens everywhere in the city of Beijing.Only few people comes out of their home in the evening if have some urgent things to do.I found after 7 p.m. the suburb of Beijing like our place is dead.Everyone stay at home and go to bed at 9 generally. I was really enjoy this walking with dark and no mans street in the midnight.No police or traffic and thousands of bicyclist are absent.Nobody owned a car and no govt. jeep can be found right now.Now we turn left and enter in a heavily dark street as this place is planted many trees together years ago.This street is known to me as we often go to the city center ride bus no.301.Then we change it here in Beitaipingzhuang with no.22 to Xidan.Again we take no 1 or 4 to friendship store in jianguomenwai.No jam,no harassing bring back us in due time.Few old houses both side of this street.Many people live here.Each family got one room and cook in the corridor.Simple life, simple eating,simple living was a common to a Beijinger. We turn again left and soon turn right inside the Bei yi’s area.A long way to end of the street is the foreign student dormitory.On the right is mass bath house for local staff and it is operated from 6 pm to 11 pm.For outside people many bath house is due for once in two weeks.Left side is a big football field now looks really amazing.We take a shower in hot water and take our meal order earlier by Ifti.He warm it once again , paratha the oily hand made chapatti and beef curry.After taking many bottle of beer,walking uncountable kilometers of street the food seems to be a unique meal for us.

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Reply Report laoren1234 2014-9-1 03:59
I remembered the Friendship Hotel of that era and the roof top bar in the summer. Quite a ways back and many pleasant memories. The room costed just a few yuan a night, but one has to be associated with the Foreign Expert Bureau to get a room there.
Reply Report voice_cd 2014-9-1 11:16
Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report 丢人现眼 2014-9-1 13:06
wow, cool story!
Reply Report aziz 2014-9-1 13:10
laoren1234: I remembered the Friendship Hotel of that era and the roof top bar in the summer. Quite a ways back and many pleasant memories. The room costed just a ...
Hello ,I got one who is about my same age and a witness to post 80's Beijing .Thanks laoren.
Reply Report aziz 2014-9-1 13:11
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here, we have highlighted your blog.
Thanks for your kindness.
Reply Report aziz 2014-9-1 13:11
丢人现眼: wow, cool story!
Thanks.
Reply Report teamkrejados 2014-9-2 10:21
Great scene!
Reply Report 财神 2014-9-2 22:14
wow! this story about 1983? i just came to the world. interesting memory, well done!
Reply Report aziz 2014-9-4 21:44
财神: wow! this story about 1983? i just came to the world. interesting memory, well done!
Ha Ha ,while you busy in drinking bottle milk we were busy in drinking bottle beer !! Amazing ------

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