■ 21:57 (UTC+08:00), 02 JUL 2007 | CHN CHAOYANG, BEIJING
■ ITEM FIRST POSTED BEFORE 01 JUL 2011
For Apple, the first 30 years were just the beginning just some back. For me, I’m not exactly 30, but at 25, it’s still something.
Having just graduated, I thought it was time to take my car for one good cruise on the highway. And National Highway 109 it was out in western Beijing. Merely a stone’s throw away. Hit Lianhuachi East Road or Guangning Road, and there you go, way out into the west.
I can’t imagine it’ll be Games time this time next year. The kind of building and growth we’ve seen is just awesome. We’re supposed to get a new subway line coming later. But me rediscovering western Beijing’s mountains — a very Swiss thing here — is already showing me this is one very cool city.
The part I love the most is where you make a turn to the right at the crossing between National Highway 109, Municipal Highway 219, and Mentougou County Highway 210. You head right for probably what is a mile of runway-like highways first… then you go up the mountain and take a look at fantastic sights. The part I love the most is right after a village, Yubai (淤白), where the highway takes a “scenic dive” into a valley, best done close to sundown. The last part is best completed when it’s already dark, as you slowly head back to Freeway Territory on the Badaling Freeway, straight into central Beijing.
But today, I continued onto National Highway 109 out left, and then eventually out of Beijing altogether — although I stopped just shy of the border. I was on the Weiziliang Pass, which was one of the more challenging parts of this highway. I also tried a few other regional highways along the route.
National Highway 109 takes a very long route inside Beijing, so there is much more than 100 km of highway in Beijing before you leave the capital. The last village you go through is Xiaolongmen, which is pretty nice for a name, as it actually means Little Dragon Gate. Once you leap through the dragon’s gate, you leave Beijing for good.
There was one bit I found rather funny / scary: about 7 cameras mounted over the highway as I headed back to central Beijing. Hopefully I didn’t go too fast here…!
I also had great weather to go along with it — perfect stuff, as summers since 2006 have gotten increasingly wet here in Beijing… ■ ■ ■
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