Our first half-term holiday and we took the 35 minute journey on the High Speed train to Beijing. Only 6GBP per person in first class, so we splashed out. Very impressed with China's railway system... Very clean, efficient and cheap!
First stop was the Forbidden City and then round to Tianaman Sq. They were a short walk from the hotel, so we thought would make a nice afternoon outing. The only problem was so did everyone else. According to the news the day we were there and the day before saw a total of 2.5 million people in the square.
Everyone else's pictures of this place show a vast deserted sq, it is (I believe) the largest public space in the world. So, even when there are a lot of people around it still looks empty.
Not on the day we went.... It was heaving. A double holiday of Moon festival and National day. Apparently they will make sure they don't fall at the same time in the future as it was so busy everywhere.
Still got the classic shot of the portrait of Mao though
Beyond the Northern end of the Square is the Forbidden City (or the Imperial Palace if you prefer). Built for Ming and Qing Royalty, the Hoy-paloy were not allowed to even approach it. It was both the literal and symbolic heart of the Empire.
Still forbidden? Is it eck as like! It was rammed too!
We just walked through the entrance bit and decided that it was too busy and we'd be back. So, nothing to report on what the 800 rooms on the inside are like. The guidebooks reckoned we'd have the 100 hectare place to ourselves... We doubted that!
They do like a wall do the Chinese! Above is the wall that runs around edge of the site which is also moated to really make sure no one sneaks in.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.