A is for Air
Air is a big part of where you are. Is it dry or moist? What does it smell like? and so on.
It’s sad that A is for Air, the very first letter, because it really isn’t China’s strongest suit, although, to give credit where due, they are working on it. Before my first trip my son told me that the air in Beijing smells like a smoking room at a hotel. That is a fairly accurate description…most of the time.
It isn’t always so: A few times I have been lucky and the air has been clear and crisp. One time I even saw the great wall from the airplane as it headed for home. (Once in seven trips.)
These two images were taken from the same vantage point the first had more zoom. I needed it so that the photo wasn’t just vague haze. On that day the vase shaped tower on the right in the second picture wasn’t visible at all. It was about 1 km from the location where I took the picture.