Most other things that I remember about Beijing seem to be intact, including the prices (cheap), people (selfish but friendly) and pollution. There are some new things of note including a new "subway" line that loops through the city's north, and the rise of what seems to be an emerging consumer culture signified by the prevalence brand advertising and native Chinese branding.
Anyway, I'll finally start my job next week. I'm excited to get back into doing something after not having much responsibility for the last 2 months. My goals for the next few weeks are to find an apartment, buy a cellphone, and improve my Chinese past one word sentences and hand movements to two word sentences and fewer hand movements. The words I've studied for three years at university are there in my head somewhere; they just like to play hide and seek when I engage in conversation.