Sunday, August 10, 2008

romantic beijing

If all goes well and we are able to meet our goals in the next two months, MSP and I may be able to see Beijing during fall season.

The city is sometimes criticized for embracing Western ideals too fast and hiding its old charm behind new facades. Some say it has lost its culture, its
buttoned-down tunics, the tai-chi in the Square. But I am determined to find the real Beijing, the old streets and hutongs that used to be romantic before the MTV generation and the cellphone-toting foreign investors came shuffling along.

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Aside from the usual touristy spots, I would really like to visit Beijing cafes for quiet afternoons with tea, books, and MSP. It might fun sitting amongst the movers and intellectuals of China's left and hear them talk about alternatives to a neo-liberal economy (in herniated English, maybe). Just some of the cafes recommended by ChinaDaily.Com:

The Thinker's Cafe. Despite its silly name, it is an excellent spot attached to an excellent bookstore: the All Sages Bookstore. Window booths are a good place for (enjoying) cups of coffee.....

Sanwei Bookstore. Though the store itself is small, the upstairs teahouse is spacious with high-ceilings and (is) full of light. The owners don't mind if you (stay) for an entire day over a book and a pot of tea, and are discreet enough to give couples engrossed in conversation (and each other) a little room to breathe.

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We really have to work hard to launch two projects by October. Only then can we feel good about taking yet another break this year.

If this trip does not push thru, I would feel awful. But not really. I have Coron to look forward to in November, with the Kualas plus Illyria, after all. Also, I have traveled overseas on leisure two times this year already. A third trip feels unnecessary. Of course, so is a Pucci :)

4 Comments:

Blogger Erica Cleofe-Kononen said...

Gusto ko rin mag-Palawan!

4:12 PM  
Anonymous acey said...

the parks must be beautiful in autumn!

and is the forbidden city in beijing ba? :) are you planning to see it, too?

12:08 AM  
OpenID collapsingbarrycade said...

bring me a piece of the great wall and terracota army. =)

9:26 PM  
Blogger mussolini said...

ekay> i've never been there myself.

acey> yes, the forbidden city is there. we're planning to see it.

barry> i will jump up and down on the grounds of mao for you.

1:04 PM  

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