Today I went with Radio Beijing to Qinhuangdao. This is one of the Olympic cities – Soccer will be played here. It is North-East of Beijing on the coast. The famous Beidaihe beach (especially popular for Beijingers) and the place where the Great Wall meets the ocean (Shanhaiguan) are very close by.
We met the people from Radio Qinhuangdao and had a very exquisite seafood dinner in a new restaurant overlooking the beach (see picture below). We had crabs, fish, shrimps, oyster and sea cucumber as well as famous baijiu (high percentage rice alcohol).
The highway from Beijing to Qinhuangdao is nicely built out – 3 lanes in each direction with new asphalt. But it was not possible to go to a service station for a short break as each and every one was blocked by huge trucks. There was no way to get off the highway and enter and teh next one was always around 40km away. Good that we did not need gas and that none of us needed to go to the toilet. And also the highway exits are scarce – sometimes 30 km to the next one and no parking lot in between.