Beijing is massive, with a population of 21 million, 20 times bigger than New York City in size. It's crowded and as most modern big cities, can easily make one feel small. I was talking with a friend the other day, about how to build connection with this mega city. We reached the conclusion that it's important to carve out my own space in the city, physically and mentally. And looking back, it's how I gradually feel like a local after three years of living here.
My top 3 in the city are: Jingshan Park, my own apartment and a hole in the wall cafe in the hutong. Jingshan is touristy. But with 2 yuan, you share the view of the whole city with generations of emperors, warlords, and common folks who come and go. But the city survive all of them. This episode was about one of my favourite spaces in the city. Enjoy :)