Looks like it’s time to cross a couple more spots off the old bucket list. After a whirlwind work trip to Beijing, one where I spent nearly as much time in a pressurized aluminum tube 35,000 feet above the Arctic Circle as I did on the ground, I now have the Great Wall, Hou Hai, Tian Tan, Tian’an Men Square and the Forbidden City in the rear view mirror. Thanks to my liberal interpretation of what “a good night’s sleep” actually means, I was able to tour much more of Beijing in three days than one might suspect. Considering that I also had to get my job done, I knew it was unlikely that I would get to see all the famous sights in and around China’s political capital, but that didn’t mean I wasn’t going to try.
The following series of posts provide a tiny glimpse into the modern state of one of the world’s ancient cultures. Beijing is a place where new ideas clash daily with millennia old traditions. The result is a vibrant, dynamic society that is struggling to find a balance between freedom and control as it moves forward into the 21st Century.
Tian’an Men Square
The Temple of Heaven (Tian Tan)
The Bell & Drum Towers (Hou Hai)
The Great Wall (Mutianyu Pass)