There's one pattern I see in Beijing a lot: if it can be adjusted, it has a control panel regardless of whether there's actually a need for it. I think this arrangement manages to violate all ten heuristics for user interface design.
We are curious to try this place. It always has two uniformed soldiers standing outside and many white-license-plate cars parked out front.
Despite 'hazardous' air quality and a week where temperatures almost touched freezing (in April, after the heating is turned off!), today included a visit to the Botanical Gardens. Located to the northwest of Beijing they are much larger than I expected and are home to many trees, plants, history, lots of locals and relatively few foreigners.
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