■ 22:55 (UTC+08:00), 03 JUL 2006 | CHN BEIJING
■ ITEM ORIGINALLY POSTED BEFORE 01 JUL 2011
Looks like Hebei is swallowing Beijing full.
Either that, or you took Municipal Highway 209 form Nankou to Yanchi.
Sometime back, at the Yanchi Inspection Station, I saw signs leading to Changping, and that made me kind of think. I also started wondering when I saw a signpost to Yanchi in Changping. I drove too quickly, so I couldn’t back out. But I knew there was a link, of sorts, between the two.
This time, I finally nailed it. I left the Badaling Expressway from Changping Nankou and went onto Municipal Highway 209. Conditions got more challenging after I passed Liucun, as the road narrowed and it got increasingly hilly. Half the time, I was shifting gears, up and down, at every turn, as the car made its way through very challenging terrain. Up, up and away it was… And there was no doubt about it: the scenery was just brilliant.
I next passed by another checkpoint on the way to Yanchi. A signpost took me away: it reminded me that downtown Beijing was 74 km to the left, but that Hebei province was 4 km to the right. I was this close to hitting Hebei.
Obviously, I headed left towards Beijing. I wasn’t prepared for yet another mountain to tackle. And I had that weird ringing effect in my ears. I continued until I saw a signpost for National Highway 109 to Guanting. I didn’t see the intersection with the Changping sign, but it was still quite a drive.
National Highway 109 was pretty tough as well, with even more mountainous terrain to tackle, all the way through a Dongfanghong (The East Is Red) Tunnel before you reached Beijing.
But the views were just… wow, amazing… ■ ■ ■
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