Wednesday, December 8, 2010

O data in viata, China. ep.13 Beijingul modern / Once in a Lifetime, China. 13th.ep - Modern Beijing

Today I would like to show you modern Beijing, which was a real surprise for me. Modern constructions, a fluid circulation, good signs, excellent roads. The views from the CCTV Tower are not particularly good as it was a rainy, foggy day. The rest of the photos are taken from the bus, when we went to different objectives. I think this is a real proof that Beijing is not only about culture and history. It has much to offer as modern architecture, museums, neighbourhoods. In other words it is a great destination!

Azi as vrea sa va arat si o alta fata a Beijingului si anume, orasul modern. M-am intalnit cu el chiar din prima zi, cand, dupa ce am vizitat Gradina botanica si Fragrance Hill, am fost la Turnul CCTV. Este Turnul televiziunii CCTV, construit in anul 1992, partea de vest a orasului. Se poate ajunge aici cu linia 1 de metrou, statia Gong Zhu Fen (110) si de acolo, o plimbare de 15-20 minute, in directia nord. Biletul de intrare costa 70 RMB, aproape 8 euro.

La intrare, un control foarte atent al bagajelor, pentru a se preveni actele de terorism. Un lift ultra-rapid ne duce pana la etajul al 19-lea, la Sala Culturii TV, unde exista o platforma interioara de unde se pot face fotografii. Tot aici se afla si o expozitie fotografica care prezinta trecutul si prezentul CCTV. Cand vremea este favorabila, liftul urca la etajul 22, la inaltimea de 238 m, unde se afla o platforma exterioara. Turnul are o inaltime totala (inclusiv antenele) de 405 m, fiind cea mai inalta cladire din Beijing. Din pacate, din cauza vremii urate, nu am prea vazut mare lucru si nici pozele nu au reusit precum as fi vrut. Este totusi, singura ocazie pe care am avut-o de a vedea Beijingul de sus.
 la baza turnului CCTV
in interiorul turnului
In drumurile spre diverse obiective am fotografiat, din autocar, Beijingul modern. Doua constructii deosebite, realizate cu ocazia Olimpiadei 2008, sunt stadionul "Cuibul de pasari" si sala pentru probele de inot "Cubul acvatic"
Beijingul modern are o circulatie fluida, data de bulevarde largi, bine semnalizate, cu doua-trei benzi pe sensul de mers. De o parte si de alta, cladiri moderne, unele cu influente traditionale.
Nu putem vorbi despre o metropola moderna, fara sa mentionam metroul, prietenul turistilor. In Beijing, statiile au un nume si un numar, trecut in paranteza. Cu ocazia Olimpiadei, toata semnalizarea din statii a fost refacuta. Gasiti tablite cu statiile scrise cu caractere chinezesti si latine. In interiorul statiilor se gaseste o mica harta a zonei din jurul statiei, care va ajuta la orientare. In general, se poate ajunge cu metroul la toate obiectvele importante.
 statia de metrou langa hotelul nostru
 statia de metrou de la Observatorul astronomic
Orasul a fost cu adevarat o surpriza. Si cand te gandesti ca unii spun ca "3 zile sunt suficiente pentru Beijing"! Cred ca am demonstrat ca, pe langa cultura si istorie (uriase!), Beijingul are multe de oferit in materie de arhitectura moderna, muzee, imprejurimi. Cu alte cuvinte, este o destinatie pe cinste! Cel putin eu asa cred.




20 comments:

Harvi said...

Nu te contrazic. Nu am fost pana acum in China, dar povestirile si fotografiile pe care ni le-ai prezentat m-au facut suficient de curioasa incat sa ajung la Beijing.

Traveling Hawk said...

Ma bucur daca e asa. Din punct de vedere turistic, nu vei regreta!

Hanjié said...

Hey mate, did you remove the translation tool? Can I have it back? Thanks.

Apollo said...

Trebuie sa fii naiv ca sa crezi ca un oras de asemenea dimensiune, oricare ar fi el, se poate vizita in 3 zile.
In orice caz, mi-ai deschis gustul pentru China :-)

Rizalenio said...

Undeniably the best destination. Looking at your photos and seeing those architectures and details of the artworks on walls, it's a must see. Will include this in my next destination. Thanks for sharing this wonderful world.

joo said...

It's amazing, what superb modern architecture! The city seems clean, which also amazems me!
Thanks again for this wonderful city tour:)

Traveling Hawk said...

Hanje, OK. I'll put it back. Some people complained it is of no use :)

Traveling Hawk said...

Apollo, ma bucur ca e asa si iti doresc sa ajungi acolo. Noi am stat 8 zile si tot ar mai fi trebuit, mai ales daca vrei sa savurezi ce vezi si sa nu fii mereu in viteza :) Si in afara de Beijing, Doamne, cate ar fi de vazut! Pacat ca e departe si avionul destul de scump.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thanks, Rizalenio! It is a DESTINATION indeed.

Traveling Hawk said...

Joo, it is clean in some areas and not so clean in others, like everywhere but one has to oversee these things, no?

VP said...

I see the traffic is not a problem... for now! The dragon sculpture is really striking!

Traveling Hawk said...

Actually there are 2 dragons there. The metro is not very crowdy if you avoid the high peak hours.

Abraham Lincoln said...

This is a gorgeous place. I would never know it except for your beautiful pictures.

Traveling Hawk said...

AL, I'm glad you enjoyed it! Please come back, the story goes on....

J_on_tour@jayzspaze said...

Lots to see and it is good that you took a variety of real life scenes. Nice to see that your translator is back.

Traveling Hawk said...

Thank you for the nice words, J_on_tour! Yes, it's back, Rizalenio asked for it :)

Hanjié said...

Thank you for putting the translation back, it makes people like me enjoy the articles easier.

I don't know if you noticed that the LED advertisements along the wall of the tram tracks while traveling with the metro system in Beijing. I was amazed by the technology that kept the frames roll smoothly while the speed of the trams change constantly.

Traveling Hawk said...

Great point, Hanjie! I didn't notice that!

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

Did not know, you can get up to CCTV. What a great view. The scenes really shows the forever changing faces of Beijing !

Traveling Hawk said...

Yes, you can. Unfortunately, is was not a great day when we were, so the images are not clear and we couldn't see far enough. But anyhow, it was a great experience. You even may take a photo as a speaker for CCTV programme.