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Another early start this morning enabled us to have walked to Tiananmen Square, put our bags away in a local tourist information, queued for the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, saw Mao's dead and return to Tiananmen Square by 8.15am. Having attempted (and failed) to see this on our first morning in Beijing, we knew exactly where to go and navigated the crowds with ease. People bought a single yellow flower and bowed and placed it in front of a statue of Mao to show their respects ...
... Across the street is the iconic building seen on all those photos with Mao’s giant portrait on it. It serves as a gate leading into the Forbidden City.
We were actually facing that gate when I noticed a line of fire extinguishers neatly positioned within an area that was cordoned off. Since just about everything nearby is solid concrete, I wonder what purpose they serve.
An honor guard stood at attention ...
... We drove for about an hour to the north of Beijing to the Dingling Tomb - one of the 13 tombs from the Ming Dynasty. Anne was very knowledgeable and also very interesting to listen to so we got a fair bit of background history as we were driving along. This tomb was only excavated in the 1950s and was the tomb of an emperor who really didn't make his mark in the dynasty. But the process is the same for all of them - they find an area which has ...
... scene involved the 4
spirits throwing wooden staves at her while she either caught them
and threw them or kicked them back at the spirits. At one time, there
were roughly 6-8 staves being juggled in the air by the performers.
It was really, really impressive. Overall, the Beijing opera was not
at all what I had imagined it would be. It was a really entertaining
show that lasted about an hour. I hope to be able to see more like it
in the future.
... walk to the Forbidden City, which turned out to be a mistake because we ended up really tired with sore feet and this hike did not help! From now on, bus and metro all the way!
As the Lonely Planet guide says, the Forbidden City is not really a city and its no longer forbidden! It is a huge complex of over 80 buildings, including super ornate entrances, temples and smaller buildings. At the southern entrance, you're greeted by a huge picture of ...
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