Mine and John’s feet smack-dab in the middle of Beijing! The center point of the city is located at the top of the hill at Jingshan park.
When you stand at this point, and you can see Sanlitun to the east, and the Forbidden City to the south, and the white pagoda of Beihai park and the towers of Fuxingmen and Fuchengmen to the West, and the giant temple with the Bell and Drum Towers directly behind it to the north…
You feel as if the entire city is revolving around you. Standing at such a quiet spot, with the cold Beijing air whipping your hair around your face, hearing cars on the roads beneath you as the sounds echo up the paths towards Jingshan temple, the city is yours. You’ve been to all of these places, you could go again if you wanted to, you’ve ridden in taxis to them, you’ve taken subways to them, and you’ve taken buses to them.
And suddenly you’re in every part of the city all at once, revolving around Jingshan at the center, while you simultaneously watch the entire city before you, and you feel and become the gravity that holds the entire city together.