In the episode of the IT crowd when the girl, Liz? I forget her name takes up smoking again she is forced to smoke outside. She describes the artificially dreary and grey outside as being 'soviet', it is of course made to look soveit- but still, soveit is a fitting way to describe a particularly grey and depressing day. Beijing was grey, and cold- and all the architecture was very eastern european, so soveit is the best way to descride Beijing in winter. It also has this kind of, not-finished feeling to it, I mean buildings are still being built- but the city feels like its not all there, like its not finished.