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Old January 25th, 2010, 12:20 PM   #161
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Tian an men is translated as "The Gate of Heavenly Peace"
There is funny Chinese English
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your English Chinese is funny too
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Old January 25th, 2010, 12:30 PM   #162
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Flanked by revolutionary sculptures, Mao's Mausoleum contains the embalmed body of Chairman Mao. His casket, raised from its refrigerated chamber, is on view mornings and afternoons.






Outside of Tian-an Men Square to the southwest corner is this church-like building. Don't know what it is though.




Late in the afternoon, the rear of the Great Hall of the People is glowing.







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Old January 25th, 2010, 02:20 PM   #163
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Great pictures! I look forward to see the rest. One suggestion about the photos is to post your favourites in high resolution and the rest in medium.
How much time did you spend in each city? It looks like you saw a lot on a short time.
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Old January 25th, 2010, 03:58 PM   #164
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Not much time actually... just 3 to 4 nights .
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Old January 26th, 2010, 02:29 AM   #165
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you have a nice sunny day in beijing, so nice.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 08:34 AM   #166
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Yes indeed... it was a cloudless sunny but chilly winter day... -13 degress Celsius.
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Old January 26th, 2010, 02:18 PM   #167
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CHANG PUHE PARK

Chang Puhe Park is a linear park at Beijing's city center. It is adjacent to the Forbidden City but is oftentimes overlooked because of its high walls which apparently conceals it from the public eye. The park serves as an alternative walking route to and from Tian'an Men since it runs parallel to and slightly away from the hustle and bustle of the main road Dong Chang'an Jie.


A shiny sculpture after the entrance gate.




The linear park only has a single pathway




It is lined by a creek on one side...







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Some interesting Chinese structures and sculptures also make the stroll in the park worthwhile











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A solemn side street that cuts through the park...

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WALKING ALONG THE STREETS OF BEIJING

Beijing has extensive network of wide, clean and orderly streets. Oftentimes, modernity is very much evident on each side fused with Chinese cultural heritage.

The Rega Hotel at Nan Heyan Dajie




Jing Shan Qian Jie behind the Forbidden City




Wusi Dajie






The national Art Museum of China along Wusi Dajie




Prime Hotel at the corner of Dong Si Xi Dajie and Wangfijing Dajie

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Longhao International Club along Dong Si Xi Dajie






Another typical clean and very orderly street scene




Don Si Nan Dajie corner Dong Si Xi Dajie




Another bicycle parking area along Dong Si Nan Dajie




Dong Si Nan Dajie also hosts a KFC...





... and a "Love in the Paris" wedding boutique

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Beijing has a booming business district in the vicinity of Guomao subway station.













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Some building are quite remarkable.











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The China World Trade Center nearing completion






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FORBIDDEN CITY

Forming the very heart of Beijing, the Forbidden City, officially known as the Palace Museum (Gugong), is China's most magnificent architectural complex and was completed in 1420.

The huge palace is a compendium of imperial architecture and a lasting monument of dynastic China from which 24 emperors ruled for nearly 500 years. The symbolic center of the Chinese universe, the palace was the exclusive domain of the imperial court and dignitaries until the abdication in 1912. It was opened to the public in 1949.





The Meridian Gate (Wu Men)









From this balcony, the emperor would review his armies and perform ceremonies marking the start of a new calendar




Looking back to Tian'an Men (Gate of Heavenly Peace), though not part of the Forbidden City, functions as the south entry to the Forbidden City.

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Looking back to Tian'an Men (Gate of Heavenly Peace), though not part of the Forbidden City, functions as the south entry to the Forbidden City.




Meridian Gate, viewed from behind, after passing through.




The Golden Water is a narrow canal where five marble bridges, symbolizing the five cardinal virtues of Confucianism, crosses. The water flows from west to east in a course designed to resemble the jade belt worn by officials.






Across the bridges is the Gate of Supreme Harmony (Tai He Men). Originally used fro receiving visitors, the 78-foot (24m) high, double eaved hall was later used for banquets during the Qing dynasty (1644-1912).



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The courtyard is fully enclosed by interconnected structures






Pairs of lions guard the entrances of halls. The male is portrayed with a ball under his paw, while the female has a lion cub.




Roof guardians - an odd number of these figures, all associated with water, are supposed to protect the building from fire.




Beside the staircase to the hall are giant bronze urns

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Inside the Gate of Supreme Harmony






After passing through the Gate of Supreme Harmony is the Hall of Supreme Harmony







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The courtyard is likewise enclosed by smaller structures




Sea of Flagstones (Court of the Imperial Palace) with its ancient stone paving






The central ramp to the hall is a marble carriageway reserved for the emperor. It is carved with dragons chasing pearls among clouds.

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The Hall of Supreme Harmony up close










Bronze cauldrons are filled with water in case of fire

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