Readers’ Blog

Beijing’s Winter

Popularity 6Viewed 1544 times 2015-11-20 09:17 |System category:News

This is one sidewalk near Beijing International Studies University in Chaoyang district. 

Maybe autumn is the best season in Beijing because it decorates the ancient city with the red and golden colors that come from mother nature’s gifts to mankind. Large streams of tourists from both China and abroad come to appreciate the glamour Beijing toilers for each and every one who has a lovely autumn’s dream. As autumn ends its task, winter comes in and prepares a different gift to the city’s dwellers and guests.

Snowfalls may not happen every day now since climate change changes the style of the ancient city. Smog still hovers over its head and seems never to be hoping to disperse to clean off the dust on every one’s mind. Yet, some snow did come a few days ago and chilled the city to its cold charm: a world of white blankets which purified the heart of the city as well as the outskirts of it. 

One of my colleagues has been to the Great Wall covered in snow and revealed the stories of the snowy fairy-tale-like kingdom to me: the rises and falls of the mountain ranges were extremely white, with trees looking like artworks sculpted by artists and the Great Wall sections looking like silver snakes meandering in and out of the mountains near and far in a naked eye. The purely white landscape just dazzles your eyes each and every moment, and you cannot help complimenting: “What a magical world!”

But this warm-hearted gorgeousness cannot drive off the cold air that has already huddled at every corner of the city. When the fist snowfall gradually melted away, what Beijing sees now is but a dry and overcast atmosphere. Sometimes strong winds come to dishevel your hair and heart, and other times you just walk wearing a low-spirit mood because of the dust and the haze. It seems no fine arts can be detected during this time of the season, but maybe you are missing the hospitality of this warm winter because of your insensitive heart. 

No frosts or ice can be found here, and the rain falls as you walk, cycle, drive or take the bus from your nest to the company you work for. It is indeed the cold rain, probably accompanied by layers of fogs or mists, which give off a kind of magic and imagination if you can strip off the feelingless shell of your routine mood formed by the endless work and toils. This seems to be not in the mood of the winter but in the essence of the early spring. You cannot clearly discern the faraway view because of the fogs, you may also feel your ears become cold, you may find the world is still crowded as before, but you should know that this winter presents a gift that you shall not miss: The feeling of being yourself in the cold and misty atmosphere! 

Trees have become clean and wet, each path you pass through is fresh, the lawn outside your office building becomes more attractive, the fallen golden and red leaves scattering the streets and parks have turned into a magic wand that is still beautifying the land, the people you meet every morning and afternoon have changed their costumes to more artistic ones which you cannot encounter in other seasons, workers working arduously on the road just encourage us to become more optimistic, a young couple may be smiling to each other while walking hand in hand, and staying warmly indoors to read a book with all your mind and heart seems to be another art form many have forgotten. 

Beijing isn’t as cold as it was, and sometimes it may appear not worth your stay, but it has stood in the northern part of China for centuries and weathered all kinds of winters you and I have never experienced at all. It is full of magic and art during this chilly season. I think that is Beijing’s winter.

(Opinions of the writer in this blog don't represent those of China Daily.)


Passing

Eggs
2

Flowers

Shake hands

Ray

Friends who just made a statement (2 Person)

Like 0 Share
8.03K

Report

Comment Comment (8 comments)

Reply Report voice_cd 2015-11-20 14:13
Thanks for sharing your story here. We have highlighted your blog.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2015-11-20 19:57
voice_cd: Thanks for sharing your story here. We have highlighted your blog.
Thanks
Reply Report Funny-boy 2015-11-20 20:57
I don't agree your viewpoint. more haze maybe appear in Beijing winter. and traffic jam is alway a headachy phenomenon. those two points is alway deadly for the city figure.
Reply Report ysyaileen 2015-11-20 21:41
although there are something unpleasant out there you still find the beauty and the magic.  
i am in the southern part of china, now the temperature here is around 28-30.. still hot in the afternoon, winter seems still far away. i even can not feel the fall atmosphere...
Reply Report Dracarys 2015-11-21 10:35
I thought Beijing is already become a white world ..
Reply Report ampraxu123 2015-11-21 22:56
Funny-boy: I don't agree your viewpoint. more haze maybe appear in Beijing winter. and traffic jam is alway a headachy phenomenon. those two points is alway dead ...
You can say so, but I can tell you I don't like Beijing's haze and I hope the government can take more effective and serious measures to deal with this issue. I addressed this issue in my previous article "China's Educational System Should Change";.
Why did I write this article, because a momentary spiritual thing just flashed across my mind, and I thought I should leave it on the paper.
I don't think you can let go of a good idea if it passes by your eyes.

As for the crowd issue. This is indeed annoying and I don't think anyone likes it. I cannot persuade others not to buy and drive cars, but I can ride a bike to work. I can tell others the benefits of riding a bike or taking the bus, and many agree with me, but they are rich and have to find one place at least to squander their money to make convenience for themselves. I cannot stop them. Car makers still need to eat, and old cars need to go to museums or rubbish collection factories, and what should I do? I am not God and I cannot solve this problem. But I try to be an honest person in this dishonest world, what I write down is what that really touches my heart. I don't know how others look at me, but I need to tell what I really think about my surrounding environment or even the world.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2015-11-21 23:01
ysyaileen: although there are something unpleasant out there you still find the beauty and the magic.   
i am in the southern part of china, now the temper ...
Yes, indeed, a coin has two sides. You can find beauty everywhere I think, but the thing is if something touches your heart and soul, you shall not miss it.
I don't like Beijing's haze and I hope the government can take more effective and serious measures to deal with this issue.
Reply Report ampraxu123 2015-11-21 23:11
Dracarys: I thought Beijing is already become a white world ..
Your words are half correct, because the urban areas of Beijing are not coated with snow by the second snowfall, but the outskirts of Beijing are already in white. I will write another picture post on Monday to show you the other side of Beijing. (I went to Badaling Saturday and indeed it was extremely white.)

facelist doodle Doodle board

You need to login to comment Login | register


Album

Recent comments

  • The distance between today and yesterday 2018-2-14 22:27

    I was in Zhejiang when I saw a street opera like this. It was very interesting to see a Chinese opera on the street for free. There was a pretty big crowd there, but I could still see the play. It was days like this that made the Chinese culture so interesting to me. Unfortunately I didn't get to share it with anyone, this was before I used Wechat. I liked how you could enjoy special treats for only 1 or 2 yuan, and even gamble a little bit.

  • The distance between today and yesterday 2017-11-20 12:52

    Inevitable loss of economic development

Star blogger

Anming

4124

views

Maierwei

2603

views

财神

4580

views

Most commented

BACK TO THE TOP
Contact us:Tel: (86)010-84883548, Email: blog@chinadaily.com.cn
Blog announcement:| We reserve the right, and you authorize us, to use content, including words, photos and videos, which you provide to our blog
platform, for non-profit purposes on China Daily media, comprising newspaper, website, iPad and other social media accounts.