Ever since the night in the yurt I've had a some sort of a pinched muscle in my neck and I haven't gotten a good nights rest since. Interior China looks pretty much like I expected. It is a foggy morning and the surroundings are very hilly. I don't remember going through any tunnels in Russia or in Mongolia, but in China we've already gone through at least 25. There is no question China is densely populated. Mongolia has 2.5 million people while China has well over 1 billion. In Datong we changed from our diesel-electric engine back to an electric-driven locomotive. The hilly terrain gave gave way to flat land and agriculture. All along the way you could see shanty towns where the locals lived and high rise housing in the back ground. As we approached Beijing the surroundings change to very mountainous. The train carved its way through deep valleys. With our arrival to Beijing our train journey was over.
The mass of people leaving the train station was amazing. It was muggy and hazy. I think that is a blessing because this humidity with the full power of the sun would be quite unbearable. This city is truly a megalopolis.
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