Woke up to the sound of heavy rain on the windows and thought through the bleariness that maybe it was the ventilation system. Yeah, right. Looked out the window – it’s rain. Yesterday, Johnny (our local guide) had mentioned on the bus ride from the airport that a thunderstorm had been expected, so this must be it. Look, it’s okay – it could be worse…this could be Shanghai. No reason to panic. The eclipse is still 5 days away, and Shanghai is 600 miles away. Enjoy Beijing. We’re scheduled to go to China’s largest temple and a pre-telescopic observatory built in 1442, and then, after lunch, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. After yesterday’s heat, it’s rather refreshing…and the hotel gave us an umbrella.