This weekend I went to Beidaihe - the seaside resort traditionally frequented by Chinese party leaders. It is also a popular holiday resort for Russians from the towns bordering Manchuria. It is a surreal place, fulll of old European style villas, and some more modern, bizarre architecture - like a beer garden tower shaped lilke a conch shell. Beidaihe is a strange, laid back place where many ordinary Beijingers also take their seaside holidays. Because there are so many Russians, the local shops address all westerners in Russian.