One click on the link on the right showing the latest weather in Beijing reveals that winter is well and truly upon us here in northern China. Temperatures are now routinely well below zero with the brisk breeze making the windchill a bone-numbing -15 to -20 degrees C. The positive side is that recently it has been consistently clear and sunny, providing some gorgeous winter days. With migration pretty much over, the ‘garden’ is now devoid of birds with the exception of a few resident Tree Sparrows and the occasional roving troupe of Azure-winged Magpies. Over the next few days, I am planning to get out birding at the botanical gardens and also to Wild Duck Lake to check for unusual winter visitors. I have my thermals, thick winter coat, fur-lined boots and my thermos at the ready – gonna be a cold one! Next week, Libby and I head for Thailand (Chiang Rai, Chiang Mai and Khao Yai) for a Christmas break.. can’t wait!

Meanwhile, check out these tasty dishes on offer at Beijing South Railway Station… Mmm…

sounds delicious..

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