Hyatt Hotel in the background and....
Namsan Tower to the West
|About 30% downgrade!|
|About 30% downgrade!|
The Summer Palace (literally "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony") is a palace mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (about 60 meters, 200 feet) and the Kunming Lake (covering 2.2 square kilometers). It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water.
The Forbidden City, is not far located from Tian’anmen Square and gigantic. Both historical sites and the surroundings with their wonderful small streets and shops is a great way to spend a full day. I give you here some historical facts but mainly pictures, which hopefully give you a small inside of the places we had the possibility to visit. Besides all the unbelievable sites, we had a wonderful time being together.
|Having been active in the bathroom business for many years, I couldn't deprive you from this picture.... Notice the gap in the trousers....making it easy for the toddler to do his/her business and saving diaper costs!|
Outside China, the square is best known in recent memory as the focal point of the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989, a pro-democracy movement which ended on June 4th 1989 with the declaration of martial law in Beijing by the government and the death of several hundred civilians.The Tiananmen Gate to the Forbidden City was built in 1415 during the Ming Dynasty. Towards the demise of the Ming Dynasty, heavy fighting between Li Zicheng and the early Qing emperors damaged (or perhaps destroyed) the gate. The Tiananmen square was designed and built in 1651, and has since enlarged four times its original size in the 1950s.
For me, this square, the buildings around it, the financial street in Beijing was a flash back to my decade spend working in Russia’s major cities. Much was in the same trend, no not the old Ming Dynasty buildings but most definitely the buildings from the 50’s or later, all the flags and the immense space being used to build the city.
Touristic places, having a drink or just popping into a side street, it all was fabulous to experience!
Marketing.... No not in PR but in going to the market for shopping!
|Our major mean of transportation, fabulous and 2 RNB for any destination, Hongqiao Pearl Market! First stop, Line 10 from Liangmaqiao to Guomao, change to line 4 to Dongdan, change to Line 1 to Ciqikou.|
|We started up with purchasing umbrella's....|
|One street behind the major road to "Pearl Heaven"|
|Friendly, smiling and no..... negotiating!!!|
|Hudge, exiting and.....exhausting!|
|Keeping Anders happy before we go to the Temple of Heaven......|
"Warmed" by a cold beer and a hot bowl of soup, we walked to the Temple of Heaven. A beautiful park, with very few people strolling, lead us to the actual temple.
|30 metres in diameter!|
|The trees in the 675 acres park, are as old as 500 years!!!|
|What road to take.....Hmm how many are there?|
|But first a visit to " JINSHANLING coffee shop".|
|Let history be felt.|
|Many, many man hours for the building of the Great Wall!|
|What a view, what a historical place!|
|Proof .... we did walk on the historical "Great Chinese Wall".|
To be continued........................