北京

01May09

i’ve been in beijing for 12 hours. how much has changed since 2006? A LOT.

new airports, new highways, new buildings, cleaner skies.

this is rejuvenation. although i never really feel “at home” here, i never really feel “at home” in canada either. negotiating my identity in both countries is a mixed bag but damn it feels rejuvenating to be here among people who look like me, and of course, with my brother who i love and miss.

we went to “hui hua” district, which is kind of like a bar/club/loungey touristy area. i remember partying there three years ago and it was nice to see some stability in a country that changes every single day. met some new people, relaxed, drank some (cold*) tsingtao, had a great time.

in 2 hours i’m off to catch a train out to the “country”, a scenic spot called Shidu, which is known as the Guilin of the north. i loved guilin so i’m excited to plant my ass in a chair, take in the scenery and relax.

* according to chinese traditional medicine, things that are too “cold” are disruptive to one’s chi. that means lukewarm/room temp beverages on the hottest of days. NOT okay! shows how much of a jook sing i am.

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