“Connecting Global Cities” is a monthly column written by Colin Speakman, Resident Director for CAPA Shanghai.
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Global cities are exciting places. By definition there should be lot to do there: eating out in great restaurants, visiting world class museums, crossing bridges, looking up at towers, spending in shoppers' paradises.
Yet, wait a minute, when can one catch one's breath? Where to go to just sit and relax and watch the essence of that city go by...for people watching, neon watching, transport watching, scenic views.
In New York my favourite venue for that was Times Square. It's not always possible to get a simple seat on a bench, but I could watch through a seat in the window of a cafe. There must be a lot of people watching or there would not be all those ticker tape breaking news items and large screen broadcasts in the square!
Photo: Times Square via wiki commons
In Beijing, sitting out sure won't be in Tiananmen Square; there are no seats and squatting on the square gets one promptly removed. However, sitting out at the Summer Palace has a lot to recommend it - there are people walking by for sure and others in little boats on the lake. It's an oasis of quiet and a great place to reflect.Continue Reading →