Chinese Summer

The temperature differences between day and night are getting larger in Beijing and this is a first indicator of fall to come. I really enjoy that my office is located in the embassy and diplomatic area in Beijing's Chaoyang District and my commute is a short bicycle ride or walk along a canal fringed with large willow trees. People are fishing and doing gymnastics every morning there and somehow I also became part of this "river community". I will follow the change of seasons from summer to autumn and then to winter very carefully. And then it is time again to sharpen my ice skates and commute where there is never a traffic jam: on the river itself. There is the term "Indian Summer" which describes the mild late summer days. The "Chinese Summer", in Beijing, is not less beautiful. I am looking forward to the leaves turning red and golden.