Today was a very strange day in Beijing. It was not only clear, but there were clouds in the sky—real clouds, the white puffy kind that are common on a summer day in the midwestern US. Almost made me feel like I was at home. This happens but once a year so I grabbed my camera and headed to the CCTV Tower, which stands guard over the west side of the city. On a day like today, and far above the grit and grime, it’s actually quite an impressive city.