It has been quite a while since my last blogpost. A long while. A too long while to be honest. And after all these quiet months from my side I suddenly feel the urge to write a new post. And I feel it has to be a post about China and in more particular about Beijing, that used to be my home for 12 months. And now I am back to Europe and I want to close this very special Beijing chapter in my life with a post.
But how to summarize a whole year in a blogpost? Since a picture is worth a thousand words, I figured it would be easiest to show some impressions of an amazing year, country, city and experience.
Beijing and actually the whole of China is full of opposites and that’s probably why I love it so much.
It is modern and at the same time still so traditional.
On the left you can see one of the many modern buildings, the CCTV Tower designed by the Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas and on the right you can see a hutong, a traditional little alley called that are so typical for Beijing.
It is busy but can be also relatively quiet.
The picture on the left shows rush hour in Beijing in the subway and on the left a relatively quiet Tiananmen Square.
It can be massive but also personal.
You can do your groceries in huge supermarkets or in the little markets scattered all around town where you can get yummy handmade noodles just for a few cents!
It is rich and at the same time still so poor.
I’ve never seen so many luxurious shopping malls as in Beijing and at the same there are so many people who have to live from almost nothing, like the people who gather e.g. plastic from other people’s trash and sell it in order to make a living.
It can be serious but also extremely funny.
There are so many funny translations that you come across. One of the most popular ones can be found on the official departure card you have to fill in when leaving the country. Here instead of foreigners they call us “aliens”. Hilarious!
It is beautiful and sometimes…..less beautiful.
But three thing Beijing always is is unique, exciting and unforgettable!