Beijing Welcomes You: Unveiling the Capital City of the by Tom Scocca

By Tom Scocca

For centuries, Beijing was once closed off to the area, grew to become inward and actually equipped round the imperial Forbidden urban, the logo of all that was once unknowable approximately China. yet now the capital is reinventing itself to mirror China’s international impression, development, and prosperity. while Tom Scocca arrived—an American wanting to see one other culture—Beijing was once taking a look towards welcoming the realm to its Olympics, and arrangements have been in complete swing to resume itself.

Scocca came upon a urban of contradictions—modern and old, pleasant but cautious, daring and insecure. He talked to scientists tasked with altering the elements, and interviewed architects; looked at the crusade to forestall public spitting; documented the planting of timber, the rerouting of site visitors, the demolition of the outdated urban, and the designs of a brand new city, the entire whereas discovering the town extra daunting, and extra intimate. Beijing Welcomes You is a glimpse into the long run and an come upon with an city position we don't but absolutely understand, and a superpower it's crucial we get to grasp better.

About the Author
Tom Scocca used to be the “Off the Record” columnist and media editor for the hot York Observer sooner than decamping to Beijing. earlier than that, he was once an editor and author for Washington urban Paper and Baltimore’s urban Paper. A Baltimore local, he lives in ny together with his spouse and son (a Beijing native). He writes the “Scocca” weblog for Slate and is the dealing with editor of Deadspin, and his byline appears to be like frequently within the Boston Globe and the Awl.

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It is now commonplace to talk about a 'Great Convergence' taking place between China and the West. The pace at which China's economy has caught up with the developed economies has astonished the world. By 2008, the country's Gross National Income (in PPP $) was larger than that of France, the UK and Germany combined and waS 54 per cent of that of the USA. Its manufacturing output had risen to 85 per cent of that of the USA and was 61 per cent greater than that of Japan and ovet twice that of Germany (World Bank, 2010).

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