If I Could Live Anywhere...

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
an essay about living in beijing. three different lifestyles.

Submitted: May 18, 2016

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If I Could Live Anywhere...

By Mia Bohanan

 

Beijing is the place where I would love to live and explore.  Living there, I’d could experience Beijing’s modern city life, it’s countryside, and even the old time lifestyle of the Hutongs, all within just a few months or even in days.  The country life is very much like Old China.  The city has new modern architecture and technology that you wouldn’t see in Old China at all.  The Hutongs are between modern and Old China.  Moving from one section to another is like time travel --  Old China to modern days.  Read on to learn more about all these amazing places that can be found in this one incredible city called Beijing.

 

Center

 

 If I were able to live in Beijing, I would want an apartment in the center.  From  there I would still be able to go to the countryside and the Hutongs anytime I wanted.  Looking out from my apartment window I would want to be able to see the new modern skyscrapers that tower over the streets.  I would see that many of the buildings are hotels because this is where the tourists stay.  People of all nationalities would be walking on the sidewalks, off to visit the many temples and ancient buildings that are nearby.  The streets are busy, but clean and well cared for.   Looking up  would be a different story.  I’d see smog in the sky from factories and cars filling the air of China. I’d see a clear blue sky only a few days in a year if I was lucky.  Cars, bikes, motorcycles, and people make the city a bustling place in the daytime.  If I open my window, I would be sure to smell all kinds of delicious food from the hundreds of street venders who feed people on the sidewalks of Beijing.  

Hutongs

 

If I lived in Beijing I would visit the Hutongs all the time.  Standing in the middle of the streets of the Hutongs, I would see very different scenery than the center of the city.  The houses  in the Hutongs are clumped so tightly together there are no grass areas.  Windows are papered over and caged for safety, and many homes are just parts of ruined houses.  When walking in the streets, I would feel the wind against me when bikes pass.  I’d see people coming in and out of the public bathrooms, which everyone uses because there are no bathrooms in the houses where they live.  When walking through the fresh food market I’d be able to smell fresh meat that hangs overhead by strings attached to venders’ stands. Vegetables come in every morning from the countryside so they are fresher than what you get in the US.  When walking through the streets of the Hutongs, I’d smell the aroma of dumplings the street venders make.  Or there might be a foul odor coming from the bathrooms that reeks like the sewers of New York.  The Hutongs are old and not very modern, but I like them. 

Countryside

 If I lived in the center of Beijing outer parts would be great to visit. Standing in the street in the countryside I would see a totally different landscape than the city or the Hutongs. People live in villages, towns, farms, shacks, and the street. A lot people farm because they have the land and that’s how they make their money. There are not really any office jobs. Life is more simple on a farm. Most farmers only have a small piece of land. They work on the land, then go into their houses to have lunch with their families. The houses are small and cottage-like, with simple furniture and always equipped with a huge wok to cook with. Farms are much quieter places, but the villages in the country can be filled with noise from old carts, cars, buggies, bicycles, and people. I might even hear a train passing by, because it’s the easiest way to get from point A to point B.  I’d see people looking through the garbage heaps just trying to make some money or find their next meal. If I look up, the sky is much cleaner than in the cities since there are not as many factories or cars nearby. Living in Beijing,I would love to go to the countryside for a nice peaceful day.

 
 

 

 Imagining where I could possibly live in the future is an amazing thing to do.  Living in Beijing, I could be visiting ancient temples and ruins whenever I wanted, which would be awesome.  I would love to be able to go to the Hutongs everyday for fresh food and get more insight into what Old China was like.  And, I’d be able to go to the countryside for a relaxing day, or even experience a day in the life of a farmer. If I could live in Beijing in the future, it would be a dream come true. I better get started on learning mandarin soon!

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


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