We decided to check out a local market that opens at 7am. It is about an hour's walk from our apartment which meant we had to leave pretty darn early.
Here is a picture of some lovely cranes along the city skyline just past 0-dark-30. Beijing slaps up buildings at a rate that simply defies explanation. Scenes like this one are common; there are probably more crane-operators in Beijing than in all U.S. cities combined, or at least that's the way it appears from here.