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#Beijing88: 30-plus things people like about Beijing

About a week ago, I put up a post titled “Beijing 88” and listed five things I like about this city. I then put a link to the post on Twitter and asked people there what they like about the city. Below are more than 30 answers. (And, yes, I do realize the irony of gathering such information from a site that is blocked in this country.)

Unfortunately, I’m missing some early responses, as Twitter search only goes back so far, and no doubt missing others due the cutting, pasting and coding job I did at 3 AM last night. My apologies to those folks. In any case, feel free to add more items in the comments section or on Twitter (tag #beijing88) or Weibo (tag #beijing88#).

By the way, someone asked me what would be the opposite of “Beijing 88″, that is, for things people don’t like the city. I’m going with “Beijing 44” / #beijing44.

Here are some things people like about Beijing…

Ben Fisher
fishjourner
I like it in Beijing how every person has their own “Beijing Dream”. A city of opportunity!

Pete
mrbeijingles
I like riding my bike around and discovering parts of the city I’ve never seen before

Jacqueline
lantaumama
I like how restaurants are often overstaffed and there is often someone willing to play w your kids while you eat!

Jacqueline
lantaumama
I like how affordable it is to try something new. Be it a hobby, studies or business

Geraldine Cuason
gcuason
i can NOT SHAVE MY PITS and it’s still normal.

beijingboyce
beijingboyce
I like that I can be downtown and see a Maserati passing a horse-drawn wagon loaded with melons.

Jacqueline
lantaumama
I like how the local population has such diverse backgrounds with so many ‘success stories’

Jacqueline
lantaumama
I like how anything can be delivered, usually by bike

Ye Chen
mapletreesyrup
I like it in Beijing how I can choose to write Chinese emails and my foreign colleagues must accept the fact and LEARN MANDARIN!

beijingboyce
beijingboyce
I like that I can open my apartment windows and hear the football games / concerts at Workers Stadium nearby.

Eric
er_smith
I love the fact that I can eat authentic Chinese regional cuisine nightly without traveling to those provinces.

Jacqueline
lantaumama
I like how there is still a fresh- local – seasonal – homemade food culture

Jacqueline
lantaumama
I like that kids have free entry to most places, so it is easy and affordable to explore as a family

jo
earth2jo
I like that evenings can end at a chuan’r stand at 4am with good friends, even on a school night.

Jen Ambrose
ambrosejen
I like my Great Wall view. On the mornings that we have it, I know it is going to be a great day.

beijingboyce
beijingboyce
i like that at any given moment, no matter where i am in the city, i could stumble on a TV or movie shoot…

Peter Schloss
peterschloss
I like that I’ve become a member of the hottest bluegrass band in China w/out having tried too hard to do so


@sinomite
I love how Beijing has so much damn good food everywhere

beijingboyce
beijingboyce
I like seeing more than 100 kinds of sparkling wine in Jenny Lou’s at Chaoyang Park.

beijingboyce
beijingboyce
B/c every wine maker wants a China presence, I can join dinners with top visiting wine makers for very little money.

James Landay
landay
I like that I can get around on a subway or with taxis & not need to own a car

Jacqueline
lantaumama
I like Mandarin!! So many places to learn and opportunities to practice

Jeremy
jeremyjustice
I like how bank tellers will hold a conversation with me about how “tall” my nose is. And that it’s a good thing.

beijingboyce
beijingboyce
I like that first day of fireworks during Chinese New Year.

beijingboyce
beijingboyce
I shouldn’t but I like that I can get McDonald’s delivered to my house any time of the day or night.

Jacqueline
lantaumama
Diversity of expats. Diplomats, journalists, teachers, tech start ups, chefs, entrepreneurs, all at 1 dinner party

sanverde
sanverde
I like cycle rickshaws

Jacqueline
lantaumama
I love the proximity of countryside and organic farms

beijingboyce
beijingboyce
I like sitting on stools, eating rmb4 donkey burgers, drinking rmb3 beers and people-watching with my friends.

Daniel Marr
dlmarr
I like the fact that not one day is ever the same in Beijing, the energy of the people is remarkable and the diversity of people

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Note: I’m on Twitter here and on Weibo here.