I off with the family tomorrow to Beijing via Tianjin and then a 2-hour bus ride.

The weather is set fair but at minus 13 degrees...so the long johns are in the suitcase. Basically going to meet the young man who has produced these great guides to China for Beijing Visitor and hand over some payment.

His photographs have really inspired me to have another look at China and try and learn some of the language. I've downloaded these Mandarin phrases to my ipod and looking forward to trying them out.

As well I'd like to have a look at the new subway line 5 and Beijing West Station.....I'm in to trains remember and my 6-year old needs to be entertained. It's too cold to march around the Forbidden City.