The abusive girlfriend.
Beijing is like an abusive girlfriend (or boyfriend). You find yourself addicted to the drama. You put up with the foul moods, the rude behavior, the long periods of alienation, loneliness and sadness. Because every now and again, she smiles at you broadly and kisses your face, and you fall for her all over again. Today is one of those days.
The sun is out. The weather is perfect, the air crystal clear. You can see the mountains surrounding the city. You enjoy a delicious coffee as you read a great new book. The rugby is on this arvo, and then a great night beckons.
Good move, girlfriend.