It’s been five years since I moved from Beijing to Hong Kong, and each time I return I scan for my old haunts…
Liangma Flower Market, still standing. Asia Star restaurant, it’s there. And the Liangzi foot massage center? Yup, still open late in the evening.
I hunt for these pockets of familiarity only because this is a city in fast forward. Too many cafes, old lanes and neighborhoods have been knocked down to make way for sky-high buildings with steely exteriors.
Thankfully, the locals don’t seem to be mirroring their new surroundings. They’re still chatty and unpretentious, with a gentle sense of humor.
I’m back in Beijing for a series of interviews for Spark, including a reunion with Alibaba.com CEO and founder Jack Ma.