Thoughts of Beijing
Beijing Travel Blog› entry 6 of 68 › view all entries
June 29th, 2009 – by: ronin2k
What I'm also excited about is leaving Beijing! As I described in the last blog entry, the Beijing area is full of wonderful things to see, but traveling is not only about the seeing the sites its about meeting people. Unfortunately the people of Beijing make the latter very hard. Now, don't get me wrong I don't expect people to be at my beck and call or roses being laid before my feet, but I do hope to meet some people and get to know them in their setting, learn their culture.
In all other Asian countries I've visited, people generally do stare at me, but their stares are very curious and innocent and usually those stares are followed by a big smile. Meeting people from new cultures and learning about their lives is why I travel, its those big smiles that has brought me to Asia four years in a row now. If you've seen my photography, I capture people full of smiles. In 5 days in Beijing I only took ONE of my “people” photos and I know that cheerful old man was not from Beijing, but a visitor.
So what’s the difference? The difference in Beijing is those stares I get are more like looks of disgust then curiosity. I really don't know what they are thinking, but from the looks I would think something pretty bad. What is unfortunate about all of this is I think most of the unfriendliness I've received is because I'm dark. I say this as some girls I've meet, who are blond, said they generally had a favourable response from the people. People were intrigued with their blond hair.
Beijing has left such a bad taste in my mouth, that earlier today I was contemplating to leave China and go somewhere else, thoughts of making that trip to Mongolia started to intrigue me again. But right now after talking to some fellow travelers, I've been told the people of Beijing are like that and the rest of China is different.
Anyways, I do believe it will get better, I know there are lots of nice friendly people in the near future, and the unfriendliness is just a Beijing thing. If its not, then I'm gone, and as far as I'm concerned the people of Beijing can all kiss my dark ass ;).
Here's looking forward to fun times and great people in Xi'an! :)
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