Before I left for Beijing I saw a lot of reports about the terrible air quality at the Olympics. They weren't exaggerating. This is a photo taken of the now famous Bird's Nest Stadium. That's not fog in the distance. You can maybe see a half a mile or so. [caption id="attachment_126" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Smog - Bird's Nest Stadium"][/caption]
A rain storm did come through and cleared out the smog and heat. Unfortunately, I was caught in that rain storm at the Great Wall. Lightning hit one the the guard towers on the wall where 9 people were taking shelter. No one was hurt seriously, but a few had to be taken down in stretcher. Seeing the shock on the face of a wife whose husband was injured more than convinced me it was not worth going up the mountain.
Other than the air quality and humidity, the trip was fantastic. Amazing city and gracious people. They did a great job of organizing such a mind-blogging huge event.