a sprawling city

Temt top / Milk & Honey skirt / Valleygirl belt / Topshop sandals / ASOS sunglasses / self-made hairbow

Photos by mom

Here are pictures from my first full day in China! The reason there aren't many tourist-y pictures in this post is because we spent today visiting relatives and eating so much good food. I don't know how I'm supposed to get through a month here without ending up gaining about 20 pounds!

I did get a general impression of the city, though, while we drove through it this morning. Simply said, Beijing is enormous, the urban sprawl is absolutely out of control. Much of the city has become, or is in the process of becoming, super-modernized, with countless ostentatious 'architectural wonders' of office buildings which make up the industrialized districts.

But I do have a special attachment to my aunt and uncle's apartment blocks, as it was where I spent two years of my very early childhood. With countless aging and rusted bicycles haphazardly lining the walkways, ancien grafitti chalked on walls, and spartan cement stairways leading up to each residence, it's a marked contrast to the steely newness for which the city has recently become renowned. But there's beauty in this crumbling neighborhood; it's like a lost way of life. And in a way, it is.