Saturday, October 18, 2008

Cracking Up

On Wednesday night after tennis, I could smell something burning in the air, but couldn't figure out where the source was.

Then when I was on the bus home, I could hear some loud cracking noises.

Was it someone setting off firecrackers?

When we got closer to a underpass, the noise got louder and louder. Perhaps there were some young people setting them off for fun.

But as we passed by, I saw some older men, five or six of them, practicing cracking whips that were long and thick.

One man with a pot belly kept snapping the long black coil back and forth with a flourish

I'd never seen them before and never knew people even did that in Beijing... let alone anywhere.

Were they getting ready for a circus act? Or aspiring to be the next Chinese Indiana Jones?

Probably one of those things you'll only see once in Beijing.

1 comment:

ks said...

are they mongolians , they are good horsemen good at whip cracking.