China Holiday 2010: Day 7: Tiananmen square – Part 1
On our second day in Beijing, we decided to visit Tiananmen square. The hotel website stated that it was a 15 minute walk to Tiananmen square from the hotel, so I quickly located it on my iPad’s map and we headed off.
Just walking along.
It was kinda scary crossing the roads.. as you can tell, there are about 5 cars trying to run you over as you cross through a green light.
Seems that the road rules are that cars have the right of way as long as they horn.
It was about here when we realized we had been walking a lot longer than 15 minutes.
By this time, we had gotten tired crossing streets, so we discovered the best way of crossing them without getting run over. You go down to the subway and find the exit that is on the other side of the road.
We spotted the Porsche offices on the way.
We kept walking for what seemed ages.
I think this is one part of the outside gate of the Forbidden city.
This is one of the main entrances to the Forbidden city. Yes, it is opposite Tiananmen square.
After all the walking, I noticed that there was a subway station right near the entrance of the Tiananmen square. Looking at the map, it was only 1 stop away from the subway near the hotel. orz
Tiananmen square was fenced off from where we here, so we had to enter through the subway.
Once inside, you have to pass through a security check before you can go up the stairs to enter.
Inside Tiananmen square.
It was larger than I expected.
Photo of my parents in front of the Forbidden city.
This building is called the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong.
We tried to go it, but since we had too much stuff on us, we had to go outside to a checkroom to check in our belonging before we could enter. Apparently electronic goods, cameras and so on were not allowed inside.
I would say that his is the first scam that we’ve been involved with during the trip as there was a guy who rushed us to the check room and then asked for a large tip to help us enter the building despite entry being free. Still, it was close to the closing time, so if it wasn’t for him, we wouldn’t of been allowed inside.
The inside had a large statue of chairman Mao and following that was a passageway where you could pass through and see his preserved body through the glass.
I have to admit I was quite worried about our possessions, so we quickly headed back to collect them and fortunately nothing was missing.
It was here that we realized that we were very lucky to have visited at this particular time as we’d otherwise wouldn’t have been able to enter as it only opens certain days of the week from 8am to 12pm. It was actually 12pm, not 12am like stated in the sign.
This building is called Zhenguangmen.
It was huge and looked pretty awesome.
Walking through the gate.
I like this photo.
There is something else further down past the end of Tiananmen square, but we didn’t go there.
At the other side of the building gate we walked through, there was this marker which apparently is the Zero point of China’s highways. I don’t really know what that means but there were a lot of people taking photos standing on it.