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  •  understatement of the century (none)
    Beijing is (to say the least) smoggy.

    although to be fair it's better than it used to be. i noticed a real difference in visibility between '96 and '03. totally agreed on the windmills, and given beijing's nonstop blustery winter winds, it would seem a no-brainer to do.

    crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

    by wu ming on Tue Oct 18, 2005 at 10:25:18 PM PDT

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    •  i was there in '00 (none)
      I want to go back SO BAD.  hehe - it's gotten better?  Maybe I can go up in the TV tower and actually see SOMETHING now.
      •  the watershed was the 50th anniversary celebration (none)
        of the people's republic in 1999 , when the government decided to shut down all the polluting factories for a week before the big celebration. the result was a beautiful blue beijing october's day. i guess it impressed them enough that the beijing municipal government started trying to relocate those factories out further in the countryside, so that beijing's air would be cleaner. so now it's only somewhat hazy, with non-sandstorm days reaching a decent level of visibility, as opposed to the can't quite see a block industrial smog of the mid-90s. out in chengde, however, it's just as bad if not worse, because that's where the pollution got outsourced to.

        i'm not as big of a beijing fan myself, the people are great, no-nonsense crusty folks, but the city seems pretty soulless, with all the obsessive government planning and cookie cutter high rises. give me a more chaotic city like xi'an, taipei, chengdu, kunming or hankou, where night markets and street life still thrive.

        crimson gates reek with meat and wine/while on the streets, bones of the frozen dead -du fu (712-770)

        by wu ming on Wed Oct 19, 2005 at 12:28:18 AM PDT

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        •  i get sentimental for beijing (none)
          I had all my little "spots" to go to - my bars, my restaurants, my street, etc.  But yeah - large obsequious communist buildings... blah.  Xi'an is such a lively, cheerful city in comparison.  Those are the only 2 places I went in China while I was there... I need to get back, I'm just waiting for the right opportunity.

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