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... the law to the assembled crowds. A enormous portrait of Chairman Mao hangs over the door of the central gate. Mao proclaimed the Peoples Republic of China from the top of Tiananmen Gate on 1-10-1949 as Beigingers cheered from the plaza below. 1989 saw the student riots which ended when the Government tanks rolled in. Ever since this CCTV monitors, People's Liberation Army soldiers and plain cloth agents in blue shirts and uniform sunglasses ensure ...
... hilly setting where, just our luck
(REALLY!), all of the touristy sellers were not there because they were
renovating that area, so it was quiet and easy to walk around up to the
cable car without being assaulted. This portion of the wall dates from
1368 and you can walk and walk and find yourself all alone on sections
of the wall, which is truly magical. Put it on your bucket list
people---it's so worth it.
A trip to the wall is, ...
... this week and Sebastien from Chile who is staying at the same hostel as me in Beijing. A very small world when you consider how many hostels and hotels there must be in a city like Beijing! Beijing is vast, with a population in excess of 20 million! So at least I had a travel buddy once we got off the train to work our way to the hostel together thanks to the help of Pete's mate who lives in Beijing and popinted us in the right direction for the subway to get here.
... hats and these weird glasses with party blowers stuck on like a moustache! All very random and not related to the summer palace in the slightest! The weather wasn't nice at all as it seemed to be very foggy, I'm not sure whether it was just fog or the famed Beijing pollution! Although one bonus was that it was less hot and humid! Anyway the Summer Palace was really nice, there were loads of Chinese buildings and lots of gardens to walk around so by the end of the day ...
... Taking the boat back gets us a great view of the temple up on the hill, which is barely noticeable from the banks. It's perched up high above the shore upon the dirt removed to make the lake, and it's stunning. We have some time to ourselves in the gardens and take a bridge over to the island and take 20 minutes to wander through. On the drive from the Summer Palace we make a quick stop at a silk factory. The process of silk production ...