Beijing, China: a place where yesterday’s icons – dragons, Mao, pagodas, drum towers and the Great Wall – meet today’s urge to modernize and build to the sky.
Last winter, we captured a few images that defined our glimpse of Beijing in full-tilt transformation.
We watched buildings as they were demolished in hours and built in record time; sampled bites from Beijing’s local and international food scenes; visited Factory 798 (Beijing’s artists’ quarter); hiked along the Great Wall in virtual winter desolation at Jinshanling; spied prodigious cats prowling in traditional neighborhoods whose buildings hadn’t yet met the wrecking ball; and were entertained by the proliferation of Chinglish on street corners and in English-language menus.
With the 2008 Olympics approaching, all eyes are now on Beijing. Take a leisurely stroll through the city before the Olympics – and ensuing mayhem – begin.