September 11th, 2007
I don’t think you need to read the whole article, just check out the opening sentence:
Â Beijing is the most beautiful city in China and Hong Kong the safest and second most beautiful, according to a study by the China Institute of City Competitiveness.
Alright, now that you’ve finished laughing:
I’ve even heard people call Tianjin “beautiful” (all Tianjinren of course), but I have never heard anybody describe Beijing as beautiful… well, maybe some of my students from Beijing have said something along those lines, as well as those from outside Beijing who say things like “I like Beijing because it’s the capital of China” and other non-sensical rubbish. Anyway: Beijing the most beautiful city in China? You’d have to be on a serious mixture of various hugely powerful hallucinogens to think such a thing. I mean: Dalian, Qingdao, Xiamen, Guilin……. Shit, even Changsha is more beautiful than Beijing. And Taiyuan would be if it weren’t for the pollution.
Alright, now continue reading that article, but make sure you have a change of underwear handy, you’re going to piss yourself laughing at the criteria for ranking cities.
And for the record: I love Beijing, and there are many beautiful places in Beijing (Jingshan, Longtanhu, Summer Palace, Old Summer Palace, Yanqing County, etc…) but still, I would not describe it as a beautiful city.