Contrasts 3

This is my Beijing… the community square where Chong Chong plays and learns, the trees and shrubs, the apartment complex where we live, all under the beautiful skies we often have.

The contrast here is between my Beijing and the Beijing that is most often portrayed in Western media.

Contrasts 2

This building is being constructed on the UIBE campus.

Some contrasts:

  • The tall white cell tower and the orange payphone at the base
  • The immensity of the building compared to the people and cars around it

Another thing to note is the use of cinderblocks in the building. I’ve seen this a lot in Beijing. I think this is because the relative price of using them is far cheaper than in the US. Also, I’d imagine that it takes far less skill to use these than it does to pour concrete.


The steel beams are forming a globe that is part of the UIBE logo. The globe was assembled on the ground, and then lifted into place.