I so waited for this day and it happened! I have read so many books about
history and culture of this great country, I have watched so many movies,
I have learnt the language so many hours and now this white-coloured plane
carries me into the night, far away and only after some hours I will see
that I have dreamt so long…
During long-hours flight I talked with a Russian guy, who comes back,
to Beijing. He has been living there for several years and he started
to forget Moscow. I can't believe that Moscow was his favourite city,
though he feels in Beijing like in golden cage.
Sunlights marked the beginning of a new day, the day, when my dream comes
true! The plane has landed and we have reached to the gates of airport.
I haven't ever felt in China, but every minute helps to do this one, especially
after the border and the custom. The large and luxury building of airport
astonished my mind. I got used to movies about life in the USA and Europe,
so I didn't expect to see this beauty in this part of the world, according
my scanty information about life in China. After some minutes I reached
to arrival part of the airport. My friends have waited for me already.
No wasting time, we got on to the bus and went to the capital. I was tired
of sleepless night at the plane because of a lot of new impressions, and
I slowly reacted to events around me, letting my friends to know each
There are many beautiful sights in China, which astonish imagination their
fanciful forms and exquisite shapes. The capital of this country has accumulated
many achievements of human thought since ancient times, and it takes more
than one day to see all these places. In my point of view, you shouldn't
visit many places during one day, because your impressions mixed up and
you have got a feeling that you had seen something incredible, but it
will be difficult to remember what it was. Consequently, I planned my
excursion by my own rely upon my friends advises.
I think my next story won't remind you typical description famous places
from guide book, so I prefer to retell my observations.
I was amazed parks - Yiheyuan
(Summer Palace), Beihai,
(Fragrant Hills Park). I was pleased to meet cleanliness there. It's
impossible to make a mess, when rubbish bins everywhere. Moreover, typical
Russian problem - WC - doesn't exist there. Although there are many small
shops, which sell different kinds of frozen tea and well-known drinks
like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, Sprite, etc. You shouldn't forget about beautiful
views there, of course! But how many pearls there! For example, I saw
lotus in Yiheyuan at first time. In Xianshan,
there is a pond with multi-coloured fishes, which try to jump out of the
pond. The common feature of all parks is a hill(s), with views to the
city. Some sights didn't impress me much, though I had read much about
them - Long Gallery in Yiheyuan
as well as Gugun
(Emperor Palace). I expected to see them else.
Great Wall. Nowadays, it have been restored some parts of this historical
monument. The very famous place is situated near Badalin (about 90 km
from Beijing). It seems very strange, but I saw foreigners only there,
in other places I didn't see so many as there. I also saw so many foreigners
Long, like a snake, the wall strikes impression. But the slopes of the
wall more amazing. It necessary takes this fact mind, preparing for excursion.
It will be suitable good, non-slippery shoes, and you must appreciate
your own forces to go up, else you should use cableway.
When I saw the main sights, I was offered to visit Shanghai.
The distance between Shanghai and Beijing about 1500 km, and it takes
21 hours by normal train and 16 by express. Both trains are comfortable
and the trip is not exhausted. My neighbors were friendly people. Although
they didn't speak English well, they were amazed to hear some words in
Chinese. It might think that I had the risking tour, because I traveled
by my own, but in reality, I wasn't alone - I was met in Shanghai Railway
station. Then I was settled in a hotel and the evening of next day I was
seen to the station.
When I left the train in Shanghai, I felt as in a bathhouse - there was
hot and humid. In Beijing, the weather was hotter, but dry, so this climate
is bearing more easily than Shanghai's climate. Moreover, I found out
other differences. There are many high buildings in Shanghai, comparing
with Moscow; it seems that Moscow is a large village. There are also many
high buildings in Beijing, but at the same time Beijing has ancient and
There is the highest building of whole China in Shanghai. Jin Mao is the
88th floor business building. There are many beautiful views of city from
observation place! I can compare this city with American. It's very difficult
to find difference between them. At the same, we can see European houses,
built in the end of the 19th century - the beginning of the 20th century
at embankment of Huangpu River. Shanghai had known as "Oriental Paris".
I was astonished local subway (metro) in Shanghai. I noticed that it has
many advantages. Firstly, it has air-conditioning, secondly, metro isn't
so noisy as in Moscow (I might have become deaf when I came back to Moscow),
thirdly, I heard names of the station in the train as in Chinese as in
English. I found out lifts for disabled people there. So, I think this
subway for people, in spite of Moscow's metro similar underground palaces.
Actually, the trains and platforms wider than in Moscow. Moreover, the
train consists of the linked carriages with passages, which allow moving
from the first to the last carriage during the train's movement.
I noticed that this country has many dialects. In Shanghai, I heard another
language, though it was only the local dialect of Chinese. Fortunately,
common characters unify this large multilingual country. There are some
national minorities, using own languages, which different from Chinese.
At the same time, there are existing things understandable for people
from different countries. For example, I visited the lecture at Beijing
Planetarium and it was easy to aware the meaning, without knowledge of