Beijing was originally called Peking and then the name changed to Beijing, only to be changed again and reverted back. It has an interesting history of name change with the change in the political scenario. Our first glimpse through the aircraft window revealed a rather brown and desolate looking landscape. We were arriving there towards the end of winter season with temperature hovering around 3 degrees centigrade (at 11.30 in the morning and below – degrees in the night) and hence the flowers were not in bloom. The winter is rather severe in most parts of China specially in Beijing and the surrounding areas. My heart sank a little without the usual greenery that one is used to seeing in India.
My daughter M and I visited China in March 2012 and it has been one magnificent trip. We visited five cities over a period of 12 days and each one of those cities has left us with wonderment, fascination, curiosity, amazement, memories and questions. Our taste buds got tickled and challenged, new people met and new friendships forged. There were so many things that we absolutely loved and many others that left us feeling hesitant and not very good, things that we took with a pinch of salt. In the coming days, I would try and post memories of China from varying view points as they have stayed with me after my return.