The International Writers
a harmonious Blend of Eastern and Western Cultures
succeeded, where most of its counterpart capital cities in other
countries failed, in fulfilling the diversified desires of its
visitors. It harmoniously encompasses monuments of progress along
with reminders of its extraordinary history. One can experience
the invigorating life of Paris, New York, Montreal or London by
walking down the streets of modern parts of Beijing, staying at
its luxurious five stars hotels such as Crown Plaza Park View
or enjoying the fast food frenzy at one of the numerous fast food
outlets such as MacDonald, Kentucky Fried Chicken or Pizza Hut.
A tourist, who aches
to take a glimpse at the simple yet fascinating life of the past, can
taste that intriguing historical experience by taking a Hutong Tour
and visiting Tiananmen Square, Temple of Heaven, The Great Wall or Bei
Hai Park. One will, completely get lost in a journey of contemplation
about the significance of such architectural wonders, while standing
atop the great wall. An explorative visit to Tiananmen Square or the
Temple of Heaven permits one a chance to hear the spirits of the past
whispering secrets of the exhilarating events that took place inside
Beijing surpassed other major metropolitan cities in catering to the
taste of all classes. It had acquired the well deserved honor of being
the city, where both poor and wealthy may claim it, as their favorite
travel destination. Luxurious hotels are spread all over Beijing, where
the rich and famous will find a sanctuary to relax and immerse themselves
in absorbing the juice of comfort in their facilities of spas, night
clubs, fitness centers and exotic restaurants. Middle class tourists
would feel at ease being the target of the famous Chinese hospitality,
offered by three stars hotels, without breaking their limited budget.
Low-income visitors of the city might easily feel at home being among
their Chinese peers.
Through acquisition of diversified knowledge about various cultures
and being familiar with traditions and customs of multiple races, one
can widen ones horizon to enhance ones life. Beijing, without
competition, occupies the top spot in the lists of cities to explore
during the span of ones life. In Beijing, inhabitants from all
countries merge to form a symphony of universal society in which all
stand equal with common desire to enjoy life. They forget their original
languages to speak the language of friendship.
cant just survive on beautiful scenery, luxurious accommodation
or friendly and hospitable attitudes. They need to satisfy their
taste buds with nourishing as well as exotic meals. Beijings
restaurants will delightfully oblige to fulfill their requests by
offering them a diverse variety of cuisines that almost encompasses
Eastern as well as Western famous dishes. One can taste Arabic,
American, French, German, English and Japanese along with other
national sumptuous food.
Nightlife in Beijing can compete fairly with that of any major city. One
may find discos, Karaoke bars, opera houses, cinemas, amusement parks,
concert halls or live theater to pass a memorable evening sharing laughter,
listening to music or allowing ones feet to move smoothly on the
floor according to the beat of various types of music.
Dreamers of wealth and fortune will fulfill their lifelong dreams by venturing
into business opportunities that Beijing bestows upon investors in abundance.
The Chinese government took the necessary measures to facilitate the procedure
of establishing foreign corporations in Beijing. Foreigners will discover
that Beijing full-heartedly will open its arms to envelop them with its
warm, friendly and hospitable atmosphere to welcome them as members of
its distinguished population.
Beijing is and will remain the dreamland to visit for writers, photographers,
philosophers, artists, intellectuals, martial arts fans, Sino-culture
enthusiasts and experiencing Eastern traditions seekers. Writers perceive
it as a bottomless treasure of inspiring achievements that would allow
them to let their imagination run wild and their words flow smoothly while
penning down masterpieces of literature. Artists would love nothing more
than sitting among Beijings relics to create captivating painting
pieces of pure art. Intellectuals fantasize about quenching their eternal
thirst to absorb the wisdom included within Beijing walls of knowledge.
Photographers seek nothing more than to have an opportunity to let their
lenses narrate the glorious history of the city. Sino-culture enthusiasts
and experiencing Eastern traditions seekers would find an endless source
of information being among the inhabitants of the only city in China where
a blend of natives from every part of China including big town and villages
live harmoniously side-by-side.
By spending few days within Beijing gates of hospitality, by breathing
its, full with secrets air, by tasting it sumptuous yet nourishing food,
by interacting with its friendly hospitable inhabitants and by trudging
through its historical sights, I became part of its glorious essence as
it participated in my evolution to be who I am today. Beijing, you will
remain eternally my dreamland to visit.
© Sava Hassan April 4th 2007
Sava Hassan is a Canadian Egyptian author and educator. He has published
2 books and in the process of publishing his third book (You can
search the Internet for my pen name: Sava Hassan).
I am teaching English writing at the university in Hohhot, China since
2003. Up to July 22nd, 2005, I was also writing a weekly advice column
in Beijing Weekend.
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