We came into Beijing at 11 p.m., and slept on the way to the hotel. Construction goes on 24 hours here; the streets are full of cars and bicycles at rush hour. The air is hazy with pollution, and the buildings and streets are dusty, but there is hardly any litter. Laborers sweep the streets and dig holes. Here and there are old-fashioned houses built around courtyards, gray and crumbling, their tiled roofs cracked and broken. New construction triumphs--Ritz Carlton and Four Seasons are buildings hotels for the 2008 Olympic Games. Western-style luxury in the heart of Communist China! Now there is an image.