A New Old Town
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I think I am addicted to writing.
I visited Beijing twice last year. Once in Spring, and once in summer. I would skip winter I am allergic to cold as prescribed by Doctor Winnie.
Beijing is the capital of China, and in the past, it used to be a communist country. Til today, many people are still uniquely Chinese chinese (if you get what I mean), and really proud and protective of their country. Fortunately, or unfortunately to many, Beijing is undergoing a major makeover due to the hosting of the Olympics in 2008.
Stepping into Beijing's like stepping into a major construction site. Construction goes on everywhere, with 5 star hotels popping up, shopping malls diva-dized, restaurants frantically opening, and of course the sudden emergence of a world-class stadium.
Beijing food's not my type of food. Portions are too huge for petite Winnie, and the oil could double me up. But there is now a wide array of international restaurants, and it is a pleasant surprise as good Western food's really cheap in Beijing.
I like it that the taxi fares are really cheap, and drivers are pretty honest. The train's quite accessible except for the confusion caused by Chinese maps.
Attractions are plentiful and I love the many parks that Beijing has to offer. Sadly, the pollution blurs the skies and pictures are less than perfect. With much guilt, I haven't visited the Great Wall of China. I am making a laughing stock out of myself. In spring, I convinced myself it was too cold to be climbing and in summer, I thought heatstroke could kill =) But I visited the world in the World Palace where all the attractions of the world are featured. I climbed the mini Wall.
Shopping is interesting in Beijing. I loved Silk street although it sells mainly counterfeit items. I like the bustle and the crazy bargaining. Men would hate it. The real gems are hidden in the suburb areas and it takes long walks to discover.
I might visit Beijing again if my friends are still there. It interests me to see the civilisation of men. There's a timeline for buildings to be completed and a city to modernize its outlook. But how would the nation cope with the modernization of the mind? Would Beijing ever become a cosmo republic? I'm interested to discover again. Autumn would be good =)