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For me, Beijing is the capital no matter where I am going to.
I have been there serveral times and it is such an amazing city, big and very north to me, the weather and the people, the architecture and the hutong...etc.

Since I went there mostly for vacation or business,
the impression is made up of a continuous clips.

1. The people

People in Beijing is very self-centered and very expressive.
They like to talk about politics from what we say higher standard or just common people, like taxi driver, they like to analyse the political situation but remember don't let them full you around if it is a trip take you only half an hour but after the time you get to your destination, you found it is about one hour, that means you need to pay more.

Well, if you don't speak mandarin,
they may take you a detour sometimes, but you can always telephone the number that display on the texi tag or inside.
And the customer service offers English service. (I think especially the olympic games is approching)

Beijing is the capital of China,
with a total population of about 15 million, except for the local residence with Beijing "Hukou" - Beijing Resident ID.

Beijing gathers the most talented people from the country, there are so many big research centers and famous unversities in Beijing, among them Beijing (Peking) University and Tsinghua University is the most prestigious.
They are shaping the city's history, presence and future, their thoughts and decision making is crucial to the city as to the nation.
There are so many artists in Beijing and Beijing Opera is the National Opera.

Today with more and more foreign business open their offices in Beijing, it is one of the city that with the biggest numbers of foreigners. There are more than 200 nations with diplomatic relations with China, they all have their embassies in the Chinese capital. Every year, there is a huge number of foreign exchange scholars and students come to Beijing to do research and study. More than 10 million tourists from home and aroad visit Beijing for its wonderful and glorious history and culture relics.

There are millions of temporally workers that are migrating from the countryside to the city, Most of them live by the edge of the city in what we call - Cheng Zhong Cun - Villages in the city, where you can find some lowest standard of living in Beijing, but they are the labors who are building the concrete mordern Capital of China.

2. The city

Beijing is so big,
I cannot get around if I don't take car, you can rent bicycles easily but it is mostly for fun or exercises. It is true that there are still a lot of common people take bicycles as the daily transportation tools, it is mostly for a not too far commuting distances.

These years, the number of citizens who own the private cars are increasing rapidly, it is about 1 out of 10 people own the private cars make the city's car up to 2 million more, so get ready to the traffic jams when you come to Beijing, it is normal for a one or two hours traffic congestion during the rush hours.

Beijing's metro system is expanding in a outstanding speed, and you can find there are more than thousands of bus routes are running through the city as we can find from 1 to 900 some bus numbers.

.....more are coming once I have enough time to keep it updates,
you are welcome to put your ideas and impressions on Beijing even if you haven't been to Beijing yet, but remember, I am starting a thread with good purpose of exchange instead of bashing each other.
Let's be objective and again, let's communicate in the right way.

Thanks. :)
 

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Mind me saying but I don't think the people in China can or would openly critizise the central government.......I think the most they will tlk about is the economic growth and when it comes to politics they would shy away. I have an uncle whos an officer in Guangdong and whenever we ask him about the governments policies when he comes to HK, he would quickly ask us to change topic.
 

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Most of the people are concentrated on how to get a better life now.
As to the politics, I think that people in China can critize the government, it depends when and where you do it.
 
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