Yesterday I used the ABC Wednesday = Y to write about our visit to the summer palaces in the capital of China in 1995. Today I will continue the presentation of Beijing with photos from our visits to The forbidden city, Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall at Badaling and the neighborhood of our city hotel.
Outside the Imperial Palace or the Forbidden city we have the Gate of Heavenly Peace or more known as Tiananmen Square Behind us is the Great Hall of the People with one Hall for each province too.
In front of the south gate of the Forbidden City with Mao´s portrait Trine, Rikke and Tullen are looking forward to enter this fantastic area. Building of The Imperial Palace started during the Ming Dunasty (1420). It occupies an area of 720.000 square meters. The last Emperor Pu Yi had to leave the Palace in 1924 and after that the whole area was turned into a museum.
The dimension of the squares can be seen at the photo belowChina is Huge and so is Beijing. Close but even far away from the Palace we also made a visit to Temple of Heaven.The Hall of Prayers for good Harvest has a fantastic Dome made of wood with beautiful colors
A visit to Beijing without climbing the Great Wall is waste of time. We went to Badaling and ascended the Great Wall in rainy weather, became extremely wet, but still very proud to receive the Certificate confirming that I (An Liang Shen) am a plucky Hero
The vacation report should probably stop here, but if some of you are going to Beijing for the Olympics, may be the following photos from our hotel´s neighborhood close to the Imperial Palace, will give you some possibility to evaluate the development the last 13 years.A street grocery and one for merchandise in 1995
and if the burger shops have not yet taken over, you may have your dumpling lunch in places like this.
Have a nice trip to Beijing before it is too late to feel and smell the real Asia.