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A Tale of Two Cities

Popularity 1Viewed 557 times 2014-5-20 21:47 |Personal category:travelogue|System category:Life

Last  autumn ,  I  had  a  chance  to  live  in  Beijing ,near  the  Yuanmingyuan  Park, where  I  had  a wonderful  time like  a fish  in  the   sea . I  visited  many  renouned  places , such  as  the  Badaling  Range  of the Great  Wall, Xianshan , the  Ming  Dinaty's  Tomb  Palace ,  the  Palace  Museum ,  the  Heaven's  Temple  Park ,  Wangfujin , the  Xiushui  Street  ,  the  Tiananmen  Square  ,  Tsinghua  University  and  Peking  University  ,  the  National  Museum ,  the  798  art  gallery ...
 
The  weather  was  beautiful ,  sunshine  always , cheerful  enough  to  kill the  depression .  It  was  a  holiday  in  the  paradise  after  the  hottest  summer  I  have ever  experienced  with  an  average  temperature  of  38'c    in  Hangzhou .The  people  there were  mild  and  polite  ,willing to  help .  And if  there 's  a  gender  difference  between  the  cities , it  is  definitely  masculine  for  Beijing . I  enjoyed  my  time  there , safe  and  free , as  in  the  gentle  embrace  of  a  worthy  man .It  is  a common opinion  among  the  foreign  visitors  of  China  that  Beijing  is  the exact  place  with  the   richest  heritage  of  Chinese  tradition  and  culture . I  was  a pilgrim  in  searching  of  my  cultural  root , and  Beijing  was  my  holy  city .
 
I  explored  the  whole  city  through  the  modern  convenience  of  the  Beijing  subway .The  city  leaves  on me  a  distinct  impression  that  perfectly  coincides  the  Beijing  spirit : inclusion  and  social  morals . And  willingly , I  took  to  the  Beijing  street  culture ---to  wear  a  mask on  the  face  wherever  I  went  out --to  prevent  the  smog--  no  kidding,  really .With  that , I  safely transformed  into  a  Beijing  girl . No  one  noticed  that  I  was  an  outsider  from  the  South . I  speak  Chinese  in  the  capital  of  China .  That  was perfectly  normal .
 
But  language could  sometimes acts  as  a  barrier .The  modern  city  of Shanghai  poses  as a notorious  example ,  where the  local  dialect exceeds  the  official  language in  daily  life  use . And  in  my  city  Hangzhou ,which  is  more  poetic and  definitely more  feminine , the  line  is  much  vaguer ,  people  speak  both . But  the  barrier  still  exists .It's  in  elsewhere...
 
So  tonight ,  under  the  silver  moonlight ,  I  write  down  my  sweet memory  of  a  great  city  and   a  period  of  happy  time  in  my  life .
 

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Reply Report claudeckenni 2014-5-24 00:06
I love Beijing. It's where I met that special someone in my life =)

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  • A Tale of Two Cities 2014-5-24 00:06

    I love Beijing. It's where I met that special someone in my life =)

  • Mother's Day Gift 2014-5-13 20:31

    ColinSpeakman: That is very thoughtful and I assume came as a surprise? Sometimes, surprises are nice!
    It's  a  huge  relief .

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