Cleaning the Skyline by Na'im Samimi-Moore in Zhongguancun, Beijing, China

I (unexpectedly) work in a large multinational company in a developing district of one of the largest cities of the world. But no matter where I live or what I do, I try to find beauty, to never ignore the fascinating things that are often relegated to routine or commonplace. There are more people in my workplace than the Alaskan island I grew up on. And most of them don’t bat a lash when men grasping buckets and squeegees don harnesses, cascade past their windows hundreds of feet up in the air, and smile back.

Name:Na'im Samimi-Moore



Finding the lotus in the mud.

Tell us about the place you live:

Beijing is a megalopolis of opposites. It’s a massive, misunderstood and underrated city, known for its infamous attributes. But it’s filled with treasure – natural, cultural, and personal – that shines all the brighter for its occasional shroud.

A perfect day?

A brunch in the worn-down old city center and a trip to the green, drastic hills to the North.

What is the best thing about your spot?

The people, the food, and the unpredictability.

What is the worst?

The weather, the food, and the unpredictability.

What would be surprising about this place to an outsider?


Before I die I want to visit:

My Alaskan hometown.


Name:Na'im Samimi-Moore


Favorite place to eat:


Favorite place to drink:

Flat White 798/Colibri

Favorite shop:

Brand New China

Local Tip:

Lots of the goodies aren’t on the menu.

Must Do:

Get lost.