So starts the APAC tour for the old Benelux'ers, Beijing here we come!
Arrival, walkabout in Beijing to stretch the legs.
After dinner, to The Place mall, with a huge (2 football fields long) LED screen as a roof.
Underwater scenes, forest scenes, text messages, etc on the screen roof.
7-11 even here?
Burger King Beijing
At the food court, Beijing style.
No shortage of Starbucks here, must have been one every 200m or so.
The screen roof in the mall would let locals send their text messages to the big screen.
Local car maker, only available in China?
Very nice cars.
Day one of the Red Hat Tech Conference 2012, bus ride is 2 hours in massive traffic in Beijing. Smoggy weather too.
Temple on the way to conference.
Out the front window, 50km of traffic 5 lanes wide, jammed!
A park and temple.
Toll way entrances were pretty much a pushy free for all.
When it stopped, the Chinese would just get out of their cars on the freeway and chat, smoke or eat.
Frank Feldmann kicks off the APAC Red Hat Tech Conference 2012, with participants from Korea, NZ, Australia, China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia and guest speakers from EMEA and USA.
Lunch was organized chaos, local style! Somewhere in there is cow stomach!
Duck and pancakes made with chopsticks, amazing!
Jet-lag was tough! Thanks to my 'friends' for catching me trying to stay quietly awake in the back corner of the room. :-)
Dinner with some of the Chinese and Japanese team from APAC.
More local delicacies!
Peper crab, just looks awesome!
Digging in with the APAC team!
Preparing for the Red Hat Tech conference, together with the OpenShift team in the front row.
Workshops on JBoss SOA-P, EDS and BRMS were filled all day long.
Very interactive teams, lots of discussions, questions and comments during the 4x sessions that day.
BEA is still alive in China? No, it is a local bank. :-)
Note that the wind came up and the smog has been blown away.
APAC Red Hat Tech Conference 2012 on a break.
Busses that took the conference tour to The Great Wall.
Dutch architect designed this building for the CCTV company. Is known locally as Iron Pants.
Story at The Great Wall.
View up to the letters in the mountain side, "Long live Chairman Mao"
On The Great Wall!
View across the valley from inside a guard tower on The Great Wall.
OpenShift t-shirts on The Great Wall!
A serious climb to get up to that last tower. People were resting 1/2 way up and down on the stairs.
The old Benelux SA team on The Great Wall!
Conference attendees having a beer on the local terras after climbing on The Great Wall.
Believe it or not, Subway is at The Great Wall!
Dim Sum in Beijing, food was really wonderful on this trip.
The place was just locals and us, thanks to Christina for taking us and ordering (she speaks Chinese)!
Christina Lin, our new JBoss Blogger, translating all things JBoss for the Chinese markets!
Working in Beijing in the breaks during the RHTC2012.
Australian and American Red Hatters relaxing before dinner on last night of RHTC2012.
Dinner with the Aussies!
The CCTV building at night.
Breakfast can be found that is not Chinese food, nice to have a break!
Walking around Beijing, busy traffic!
Lunch with some of the Aussie team. Where, at Fatburgers of course!
Noodles soup for breakfast!
Silk market, great place to shop in Beijing.
Look closely.... "Beware of Grass" ????
Ryo is one of the toughest APAC team members out there.
Good view of the smog at Beijing Airport.
The ride home!