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Today began early with the tour bus leaving at 9am. There are 42 of us on the tour - and we are the only ones with young children. The day was hot - but not unbearably so, with a blue sky and a bit of a breeze. Driving through Beijing feels familiar. not because of my last visit - in fact it is absolutely unrecognisable from that time, but because it's all a bit like being in a giant chinatown. We began with a visit to the ...
... Tower in which we ascended some incredibly steep stairs to climb to the top for some incredible view of all Beijing. We've been extremely lucky with the weather in that there was no smog and very clear skies to see the entire cityscape of greater Beijing.
We then boarded the minibus for a drive to a Pearl factory/store where we learned all about how the Chinese have captured 80% share of the freshwater ...
I spent Sunday morning at Tian Tian Park, which is where the Temple of Heaven is. There actually isn't a single temple, but they call the complex itself the Temple of Heaven. I really enjoyed it. The weather was beautiful and I got there early enough that the crowds weren't crazy yet.
There's another long corridor here, similar to the Summer Palace. The difference that this is also part of a park with just a small entry fee, so the entire corridor is filled with older ...
... Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). Ancient Chinese Astronomers believed that the Purple Star (Polaris) was in the center of heaven and the Heavenly Emperor lived in the Purple Palace. The Palace for the emperor on earth was so called the Purple City. It was forbidden to enter without special permission of the empeor. Hence its name 'The Purple Forbidden City', usually 'The Forbidden City'. Now known as the Palace Museum, it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. Rectangular in ...
... 8217;s Pearl Market (more on that in a moment) and went to the Temple of Heaven. Yes, another Ming thing. Like being templed-out or cathedralled-out, I admit to being Minged-out. Its all very Feng shui-beautiful, majestic, historical, culturally iconic and all that, but enough already. The gardens were very nice, and the building itself quite beautiful. Some of the photos inside were quite interesting. There was some kind of major reconstruction of the building in the last couple ...
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