03 August, 2021

Beijing Diary

I visited Beijing in 2007, a year prior to the Olympics, and then again last week. The transformation of this gigantic city is clearly impressive.

Beijing Diary
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All Squared Up

I visited Beijing in 2007, a year prior to the Olympics, and then again last week. The transformation of this gigantic city is clearly impressive. This is the capital of the world’s most populated nation so its scale will naturally be vast. But like the outward demeanour of the Chinese people themselves, there isn’t much flashiness or showing off. The mammoth Olympic Stadium (the Bird’s Nest) looks abandoned and forlorn but the Forbidden City is back to its former glory (it was under renovation in 2007), exactly as one saw it in The Last Emperor.

Outside the walled Forbidden City complex of buildings is Tiananmen Square, flanked by the Great House of the People. As the Chinese Parliament is currently in session, the roof of the massive building is lined profusely with hundreds of red flags fluttering in the strong wind. For the same reason, the...

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