After breakfast at the hotel, I took a taxi to Beijing south railway station to catch a high speed train to Tianjin. It was a busy morning for travelers - the line to buy tickets and the line into the platform were both long.
The air was bad in Beijing today - around 400 PM2.5, which is considered hazardous. I took off my mask when jogging to find the right train, and felt myself gasping for oxygen when seated. I jog 5 days a week and this was absurd. Pollution is a real thing, guys!
It was a comfortable 33 minute ride, at 292km/hour.
We continued with our journey after lunch and made our way to the art district. There were many cute cafes, studios, restaurants and exhibitions within those several blocks. Super cute. I wish we have a district like this in SF. I would spend all my time there.