A City of Qui­etude

Beijing (English) - - CONTENTS - Trans­lated by Wang Hui­hui Edited by Scott Ed­ward Bray Pho­tos by Bey­han Özdemir (Tur­key), Colin Mcpher­son (the UK), Joe Mc­nally (the US), Ma Ke, Wang Dianyun, Xiu Yuchen and Zhou Xudong

Keep­ing quiet in a noisy neigh­bour­hood is Bei­jingers’ way to get closer to cul­ture, and cul­ti­vate them­selves and their crafts­man­ship.

When de­scrib­ing those who keep both body and mind ac­tive, Bei­jingers of­ten say that they are prompt in ac­tion while de­lib­er­ate in coun­sel. Bei­jing, as a city, also has this qual­ity. It’s so dy­namic that peo­ple can’t help but praise its ever- chang­ing town­scape; and so peace­ful that peo­ple are left in won­der at its serene im­plic­it­ness.

Bei­jing, with its mod­ern vi­tal­ity and fash­ion, im­presses count­less tourists from all over the world—just be­ing in the city you can feel the strong pulse of the times here and now. Yet there are also places where the roots of this an­cient city’s long his­tory are still on dis­play. They be­long to Bei­jingers—savour­ing the city’s in­her­ent mys­tique, feel­ing the sheer beauty formed through its long his­tory, and ap­pre­ci­at­ing the pro­found hu­man con­nec­tion th­ese places have to of­fer. Like­wise, the old roots of Bei­jing al­low them to bring their pace back down in this city that still has the magic to let peo­ple re­lax and take things slow, to re­flect on the in­ner self.

Keep­ing quiet in a noisy neigh­bour­hood is Bei­jingers’ way to get closer to cul­ture, cul­ti­vate them­selves and their crafts­man­ship, and achieve self­im­prove­ment. There’s al­ways some­one com­ing into the spot­light in the city. Per­form­ers, pa­tiently wait­ing for their chance on the stage, long for au­di­ence at­ten­tion as they make their de­but with cur­tains drawn. Young artists, work­ing in stu­dios with their un­re­strained creativ­ity found in the si­lence, can give wings to their dreams, and soar ever far­ther. Th­ese bright minds rapt in sci­ence and tech­nol­ogy are in deep con­cen­tra­tion, lis­ten­ing to the uni­verse. Each al­lows us to feel the charm of this cul­tural city, and wit­ness the el­e­gance of its peo­ple and their pur­suit of qual­ity life.

1 2 3 4 1. Bal­let dancers at Bei­jing Dance Academy 2. Fix­ing a gar­ment for a Pek­ing Opera per­former 3. Sketch­ing a sculp­ture at the Cen­tral Academy of Fine Arts 4. Read­ing at Pek­ing Univer­sity Li­brary

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