Soldier in front of Forbidden City with his own umbrella
This word on my new series “A letter a word, China from A to Z” is most likely the one that I choose without hesitation. I surely select Beijing for this post.

Beijing is the symbol of my life in China. It highlights so many things in my memory: my first adventures in this amazing country, my first working place abroad but also the image of a multi-faceted city.

In few minutes, you can move from the atmosphere of any megalopolis in the world (NYC, London or Paris) to a street in the middle of a third-world country where misery can touch any sensitive people then come back to a middle-size city where locals eat, dance and sing in the streets.

This city has also an immense cultural background. Beijing was for many years and for many empire dynasties the official kingdom capital. All the sites are amazing: the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Lama Temple, and the Temple of Heaven…

Moreover, Beijing is the official Republic of China capital that can explain the security forces and numerous policemen in the streets; even though this is not as sweltering as the western medias describe it. This country is not so locked, some local entrepreneurs clearly understood what rich people and expatriates want and know the right people in the government.

One of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall is only few kilometers away. I will come back to this subject in another post.

Beijing is as well a multicultural city. I moved there without knowing anyone except few Chinese colleagues and a friend of a friend who I never met. I bumped into many Chinese guys and others from more than 20 different nationalities. I also met amazing people who are now good friends. They moved around the world to follow new opportunities but we will meet again soon…

See you soon for the next word… C…