human behavior

Bustling Beijing

Posted in Foreign Impressions, Travel by humanb on March 16, 2012

The people of Beijing are in motion, and via every available mode of transport.

As we walked towards Tiananmen Square, there were plenty of locals doing the same.

Some people stop to read the day’s paper, conveniently displayed for all to read. A brilliant idea.

Others stop to read messages not state-approved. A rare public protest:

We saw a few stop for a haircut… in the middle of an open space.

Away from the city centre, the inner-city apartment buildings look suffocating and bleak.

But the residents find their pleasures out-of-doors.

Women in their fifties and sixties can be found everywhere playing hacky sack.

That’s so much cooler than bingo.

And the school kids never seem to tire of playing basketball.

But then I guess there’s more than one reason for that.

The streets of Beijing are visually and intellectually intriguing.

They’re also pretty clean, thanks to these nifty street sweepers.

My only complaint was the weather.

From the moment we landed in Beijing, there was a constant precipitation of visible and palpable pollutants.

By the end of a day of walking in this city, your shirt looks like its covered in dandruff, and your lungs feel worse than mine ever did when I was smoking.

But breathing air that foul – for a short time anyway – is worth it, I think, just  to walk the streets of Beijing.

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