As I was strolling through Wangfujing today, I couldn’t help but recall reading the tense “crack downs” narrated in the Western media over a possible Jasmine Revolution in China. Honestly, I was hoping to snap a few shots of some BBC journalist lurking around, but they were nowhere to be seen. I suppose they have finally understood that China does not like them messing around.
Wangfujing was packed full of people. There were tour groups traveling from other parts of China. People were busy shopping, photographing each other, eating, and hanging out. The more I thought about it while being there, the more sinister I felt the Western journalists were there hoping for a Jasmine revolution.
(I took the photo above of a girl being photographed by her mother on a carriage. In fact, there was a line about 5 people deep waiting for their turns.)
As the taxi driver had told me while going from the new Beijing Capital Airport to my hotel, by in large, Chinese people see the country pressing forward, and even faster in Beijing given the 2008 Olympics! My last trip to Beijing itself was in 2005, and I can attest to the changes, including those in Wangfujing. The buildings (in the photo below) were torn down, and rebuilt prior to the Olympics.
The night market in Wangfujing is a permanent feature too. My trip was rewarded by a corn from there. Chewy and grilled to perfection. The Beijing government had the senses to keep the night market there, so they must be alright by me.