Guide for Reading
For the more readings of the city that align closely with the class assignment and class themes of this book please take the Ring Roads Path. For a more experiential version of the city please take the Subway Lines Path. Between these two paths pages may reappear, but in a different order or a slightly different context.
The creation of such a book has been an experiment. To me the global city is limitless. Beijing is limitless, its horizon always moving outward while at the same time the density of memory and experience grow deeper.
These paths try to capture something about the time I spent there in the past, and maybe point to the future of the city. . . perhaps my future in the city if I return. . . as a global place, with many overlapping stories, all pulled together by migration. . .
Like the picture above, an all night Dim Sum restaurant located near Yonghegong Temple and Ditan park, Beijing is open all night to explore. 24 Hours of Beijing. Overlapping paths and stories, images, and other things.
I hope this project represents something true about the city, captures something about the Beijing of now: what it was, what it is, and what it is becoming.
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