July 22. Yesterday was the great Beijing deluge: the heaviest rainfall in 60 years. All the moisture in the air that occluded the sun in yesterday's lead photo came down, along with much more of the same. We started the day going to the Temple of Heaven, but when the downpour started in late morning we spent the rest of the day trying to avoid the rain, getting wet nonetheless (a big umbrella was remarkably little help), drying out, and staying close to our hotel.
Today was different: sunny, bright, comfortable. We went to a modern art district - 798 Art Zone - and had a wonderful time. First, some photos in the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art (UCCA), the major museum in 798, showing a tiny sample of the huge variety of modern art being created in China. A great thing was that photography was totally unimpeded - a much different policy than in many museums.
An environmental installation.
A cello concert.
A long wall of shiny pots and pans.
A moody installation of barrels.
Mural of the Ullens in the museum store, with a couple of toy dinosaurs in the foreground.