To swim or not to swim

November 18th, 2016 Comments off


Swimming in Sino-Japanese swimming pool

To do indoor sports in Beijing can be a costly affair. Swimming is especially expensive, even though there are several swimming pools around. Swimming is popular here (though people prefer water slides and similar), but this is not Paris, where one entry usually costs 3 EUR, or Slovenia, where i payed between 4 and 5 EUR. Here one entry tickets cost minimum 10-15 EUR. Of course this depends on district and complex where you live. Some complexes have swimming pools included, mine has not. I live in the Kempinski area, so i was looking only for swimming pools in the near proximity.

Some pools in Beijing (looking at the Cube) also demand an ID, or basically a license that you passed swimming test. Usually that costs another RMB 50-100, but it is one time only expense. The pools i will describe don’t need that.

In general its relatively difficult to find Olympic size swimming pools (50m). Most hotels and accommodation have only 25m sized pools, some hotels even don’t have that size. Upon finding out the price i immediately deleted hotels from my list – Kempinski, Westin – much too expensive.

For me the best alternatives in the last year and half have been:
– Sino-Japanese Youth Center, swimming pool (21st century hotel swimming pool), 40 Liangmaqiao Lu, 亮马桥路40号.
The only Olympic sized (50m) swimming pool in my vicinity. Relatively modern and well maintained. It was an Olympics training center and some say that it boasts some of the best facilities in the city. Included is also fitness with views of the pool. People come here to swim laps and thats good. And usually it was not extremely crowded. One time entry is expensive – RMB 98 (EUR 13.5), year pass is RMB 4100 RMB (EUR 561). Another option is to buy 20 entrances (can be shared among more people) – 20 entrances for RMB 1500. Its open between 10 am and 9 pm. Communication in English is minimal.

– Tera Wellness, No. 19, Dongfang Rd. East (v DRC)
Wellness club has only a 25m swimming pool, but fitness is included, so are several activities. One cannot buy only access to swimming pool. There is no one time entry ticket, one year membership (i suspect for laowai – foreigners) costs whopping RMB 9900 (EUR 1355!!!!). I suspect they have different pricing for Chinese, but at least one can negotiate the entry (and reduced it even to 50% of first quote) – if you are going here, negotiate it! Everything is on higher level in the club, everything that you need is to bring a swimming trunks and that’s it. There is a towel in the locker, slippers are provided (i prefer to use my own). Some English is spoken (a coach or two speak English, of course, to negotiate the price for you, they will call somebody with some English knowledge). Its open between 7am and 10pm.

At first i was swimming in the first, larger swimming pool. However, as ism now permanently in Beijing i decided to splash out for a nearer Tera Wellness (and price difference i paid was quite small for a full year),

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Sanyuanli Market in Beijing

November 13th, 2016 Comments off

Sanyuanli is one of the more “famous” markets among foreigners in Beijing. Here you can buy produce that is almost impossible to find at the typical Chinese fresh market. That also includes exotic fruits, vegetables, herbs. One can also find here basil, thai herbs or similar, basically almost everything that a “western” cook aspires and usually cannot find. In addition to that, there is fresh meat (butchers cut and mince meat to order), different varieties of cheese. There is also a good selection of fish, tanks of live fish and seafood look clean and with good variety. A western buyer can also find here groceries not found in Chinese markets (expect of course Jenny Lou or April Gourmet), and some groceries are here cheaper than in Jenny Lout or April Gourmet. Pastry for jiaoze is also available.

Sooo… what to buy here? Fruits are quite expensive, and for i would suggest to buy bananas, oranges or grapes somewhere. If somebody is looking for something specific and exotic, this is the choice. Selection of vegetables is good, prices are reasonable, so is the meat. At least basic knowledge of Chinese language is advisable. Also be aware, that there are no written prices listed.

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Sunny autumn afternoon in Beijing

November 3rd, 2016 Comments off

matevzh-bjcesta-7191Autumn colours, sun and beautiful November afternoon in Beijing… the only problem is, that PM2.5 pollution exceedes 10 times the normal… ah, dreaming ob good visibility and fresh air

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21. (Haloween) Ljubljana marathon

October 30th, 2016 Comments off


Its time for marathon number 12. This year i took a bit off from competitive racing, and this was my first and last marathon this year. One reason was the fact that i had other things in life to do, other was a slight achilles tendinitis injury. Gladly joined my team and ran in the costume. And it was a proper Halloween costume.

As the rest of team went to run only a half-marathon, i prolonged my run for another 21 km. I ran with them first 6-7km and then accelerated a bit. At the end it resulted in my slowest marathon yet (3:40.40), but time was this time not a priority. I had a blast of a time (and suffered just a bit during the last 5-6 km due to lack of kilometers run in the last months).


Video… (made by Gregor)

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Treviso in Italy

October 28th, 2016 Comments off

Treviso is a city in Veneto, northern Italy. It is also known for being the original production area of Prosecco wine, and being one of several towns thought to have been the origin of the popular Italian dessert tiramisù. Not only that, it is know for its radish.

It is famous for its massive walls and ramparts built in the venetian times. Due to its canals and waterways and greenery, some even called it as a garden of Venice. The many waterways were exploited with several waterwheels which mainly powered mills for milling grain produced locally. The waterways were all navigable and “barconi” would arrive from Venice at the Port of Treviso.

Today it has some great museums and it is famous for different expositions. Still, it remains lesser know “brother” of Venice.

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