By Tom Scocca
For hundreds of years, 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 used to be unknowable approximately China. yet now the capital is reinventing itself to mirror China’s worldwide effect, growth, and prosperity. while Tom Scocca arrived—an American desirous to see one other culture—Beijing used to be 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 historic, 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to forestall public spitting; documented the planting of timber, the rerouting of site visitors, the demolition of the outdated urban, and the designs of a brand new city, the entire whereas discovering town extra daunting, and extra intimate.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 understand better.