BEIJING — For years, Peking (which is the old name for Beijing) was the Forbidden City, home of the Empires of China. In the early 1900s, that era ended and China started on a new path that has led it to be on the world stage 08/08/08. That right, August 8, 2008, the curtain will rise on the Summer Olympics, and Beijing will be known as the Welcome City.
When LDS missionaries go into the field, I have often heard them referred to as being dipped and shined. China has had its own path to get dipped and shined. Only a lot of photos could let you take in all the incredible things that have been done in preparation for this world party.
While I was in China, someone told me that the national bird was the crane. It may not be the crane that you are thinking of but yes, the skies are filled with China’s version of its flying birds. Construction cranes are everywhere.
In all of my travels, I have never seen so many skyscrapers or more impressive buildings. If you are flying in to Beijing, you will land at the world’s largest airport. It looks like a giant flying saucer. It seemed to me as if you could put one of our small cities inside, it was so big.