There's about a million of these guys standing around. I ride by him or someone else standing at this station in Beijing every day. At least he has an umbrella -- useful, because it seems to rain about every other day here. But he -- or one of his comrades -- is always standing at attention on that block. I would think it would be a boring job.
There are other soldiers who are carrying machine guns -- more of them now than there were a few days ago. Near the Main Press Center (MPC) there are a number of soldiers' barracks. To dry their clothes, they often hang them outside their windows, so you ride by the barracks and there are all these shirts and pants flapping in the breeze.