Beijing/北京市

Beijing, Beijing. I don’t even need to introduce it for travelers to know what it is. You’re already thinking of the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the 2008 Olympics, the Temple of Heaven, and the Terra Cotta Warriors (just kidding on the last one — that’s in Xi’an!) To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Beijing. Not because it’s a bad city; but because it’s THE city, and because of this, I’ve been there too many times. That’s the thing: big cities, especially Beijing, are very exciting the first time you go. The second time, you’ll probably think the place still has charm, but you can’t keep seeing the same things every time. I’ve learned that if you want to actually enjoy your trip(s) to Beijing, you have to look at it from different angles, especially because Beijing (as THE CITY) tends to represent China in most visitors’ eyes. Don’t be too quick to define Beijing as “China as a whole” though. Beijing has a fascinating history and sweet locals, but it can also represent probably the three biggest negative expectations westerners have regarding China: pollution, overpopulation, and “Big Brother is Watching You” government surveillance. Of course, no place is so simple, least of all Beijing. So, for those going to Beijing, remember: keep an open mind, let Beijing show you its charm, and find unique angles to experience something fresh every time.

北京,北京。相信我不用介绍大部分游客已经很熟悉这个城市了:有长城,故宫,天安门广场,鸟巢,天坛,兵马俑(开个玩笑,这个是西安的!)说实话,我不太喜欢北京。不是因为这个城市不好,而是因为它就是中国所谓的“必须去的”城市之一,所以我已经去过了太多次了!是这样:大城市,尤其是北京,你第一次去的确会感觉非常特别。第二次你可能感觉这个城市还是有魅力的,但是你不要去走同一条路做同样的事情。如果你想在北京玩得很开心,你要从新的角度去看它。北京代表着你眼中的中国,但是你也不要太匆忙把北京定义成“中国。”我感觉虽然北京是个很有历史的城市很有趣的北京人,它也代表西方对中国的三大不好的印象:污染,人口过剩,‘老大哥在看你’的政府权力。当然,没有一个地方可以用这么几个简单的词语来描述,所以去北京的游客要注意:不带成见,北京就是北京,你就用你最好的欣赏角度去感受它的魅力。

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