This past Saturday, a friend and I took a trip to the Beijing Zoo. I had forgotten how much I enjoy being close to the animals. I always find the shift in perspective refreshing; thinking about the uncomplicated life of creatures who don’t spend every waking hour memorizing Hanzi or reading for classes. On the other hand, you can’t avoid equally wondering about and sympathizing with their life of captivity, public spectacle and daily torment. Zoos inspire much to think about and in that respect, the Beijing Zoo did not disappoint.
I can’t quite say, however, whether the animals or the people on the free side of the glass walls were more interesting to watch.
My friend and I wandered to a man-made lake on which there was a small island full of exotic birds. A line of nature photographers stood near the water bird-watching. As my friend and I approached, one of the photographers turned to look at us and next thing we knew the photographers were taking pictures of us!
That’s all for now. If you have a question or comment about pandas, Beijing or zoos in general please comment!