If formative years is a thing, I spent it in Beijing. I went to college in Beijing before ever visiting. After graduating, I stayed to work for another 2 years before moving to the US.
I know this is a cliche to say, but every time I visit Beijing since I moved away, there are new things I don’t recognize. When I was illustrating this map, I decided instead of streets I will do subway lines because that was my (and most residents’) primary way of transportation. I was genuinely confused while tracing over Google maps. What are these extra lines?
Other than excellent public transportation, Beijing in so many ways exemplifies what I love about cities. It’s fast-paced, it’s full of interesting people and different cultures. And it’s hella safe compared to most western cities. And the foooooooooood.
If I could bring all my friends with me AND the workplace culture is less intense in Beijing, I would move back in a heartbeat. But neither is realistic so I’ll just keep having long layovers whenever I visit home.
Here’s what I got to include in this map:
- 国家体育场 / 鸟巢 National Stadium, aka Bird Nest
- 钟楼 Bell Tower
- 央视新址 / 大裤衩 CCTV HQ, aka big shorts
- 国家大剧院 National Centre for the Performing Arts
- 天坛 Temple of Heaven
- 中国尊 China Zun
- 故宫 Forbidden City
- A Peking duck protesting
- A Manchurian princess
- A Beijing taxi
- A subway station
- A food delivery driver
- Peking opera makeup