Sunday, July 16, 2006

Biking through Beijing




We went on a bike trip through the city on Sunday with final destination Tian'Anmen Square and the Forbidden City. Moving through the streets of Beijing in that manner felt super. Shanghai is more of a scooter town–everything there feels speedy in fact––but to go down the embassy road toward a popular shopping district, where we had lunch at a local wonton shop was relaxing and fun. Rena had charted a great course for us.

Tian'Anmen Square itself was amazing. The scale of the place, the monumental aspect of the architecture and art, and of course, the deep history. I was surprised to see so many Chinese nationals visiting, almost as if it were a haj to the holy city…which in fact it might be. Rena had said the feng shui of the site is very serious: the road between the square and gate to the Forbidden City is the central axis of Beijing itself. According to principles of good alignment, this is strong design. Liwen had not been there before, but she told me she has seen this area many times on TV. Is it different to see it in real life, I asked. No, she said. I think we'll make her write a paper about the difference (or not) between the mediated image and the actual. Tee hee ;-)

3 Comments:

Victor said...

Hah~~Go to the Great Wall..

July 17, 2006 3:08 AM  
Geoffrey Long said...

Wish we could, but our schedule is *packed*. Next trip!

July 18, 2006 8:15 AM  
Victor said...

Hah~
What a pity...
It's OK to go to Great Wall next :)
There is an old saying in China.
It's "He is not a true man who doesn't reach the Great Wall. "
It's said by Chairman Mao.
In Chinese is "不到长城非好汉"
Hah~~In Chinese saying is shorter than it is in English :)

July 19, 2006 12:20 AM  

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