The Intensity of It All: Beijing Photo Essay
China is a challenging place. It challenges the senses, body, mind, even the emotions. The expected, normal social behaviour of the Western world are challenged by the 1.39 billion Chinese living in the normalcy of their own. As a Westerner you have to leave all arrogance and ego at the boarding gate. You’re no longer the King of your castle, hell, you don’t even have a one bedroom studio apartment on the wrong side of town, let alone a castle. After a few days you make peace with that notion of a new normal. Your alignment becomes shifted, and you are swept into the never-ending, deluge of people traffic in constant motion.
It’s ironic to note the many Chinese religions that practice meditation, and the power of an individual’s energy. I can imagine these to be comforting ideologies when your local world is full of so much intense engagement of people, and the associated sensory overload. I came to enjoy the pre-dawn quiet of my hotel mornings more than I knew I would. Once thrust out into the world of it all, you just do. You take each adventure as it comes, small and large, wearing a respiratory mask to protect against rising pollution levels when necessary.
So I present to you my Beijing experience in a set of pictures. This only captures the scenery from my point of view, which I acknowledge is probably rose-coloured and privileged to that of other travellers or most certainly locals. (The number of which have not been to their own Great Wall is surprising). I hope you enjoy this vicarious adventure, and I wish you endurance if you are ever to experience it yourself.
My captioned photo essay is below and you can always follow along via Instagram @molli_sparkles. Enjoy the journey.