SkylineWritten by Uln on November 11th, 2009
It has to be my lucky day. Today’s marathon meeting in Chongqing was aborted mid-session, and we had the whole afternoon for ourselves to explore the city in the mist.
The place feels like all the energies of China concentrated in one tiny peninsula. The result is not beautiful, perhaps, but it is intense. By dinner time, my colleague was disappointed that we’d failed to spot any picturable monument, so I asked a taxi driver to show us the views. He took us to this breathtaking spot on a nearby mountain called “One Tree” (一棵树):
Below, in the middle of the Yangtze, lies the city of Chongqing, and this view was in itself worth the visit. It is the best skyline I have seen in China.
It is not he buildings themselves, they can hardly compare with the towers of Pudong. It is something to do with the round perfection of the scene, the glowing isle on the Yangtze, and the sudden revelation that there is some higher order in the dusty chaos below.
My colleague summarized it in a single phrase, that can be more or less translated to English: “She was beautiful from far, but far from beautiful” .