Beijing 2002 – Day 2: Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, & the Ming Tombs

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Walking along the eastern side of Tiananmen Square

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Walking across the road to Tiananmen Square looking at the Great Hall of the People

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The Great Hall of the People

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Portrait of Sun Yatsen still on display after the national holiday.

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View of the entrance to the Forbidden City from Tiananmen Square

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Me standing at the north end of Tiananmen Square facing south

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The entrance to the Forbidden City

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Closer to the entrance

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Close-up of Mao Zedong’s portrait over the entrance

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The first gate within the Forbidden City walls

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Followed by a courtyard with the Meridian Gate at the north end

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The Gate of Supreme Harmony

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The Hall of Supreme Harmony, looking north

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Close-up of the Hall of Supreme Harmony

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The Imperial Throne inside the Hall of Supreme Harmony

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The Imperial Throne inside the Hall of Supreme Harmony

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A male lion bronze statue in front of one of the many gates

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Bronze statue of a crane with a view of the Dongcheng district in the background

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A building of lesser importance along the eastern side of the Forbidden City

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I think this is the other side of the Hall of Supreme Harmony, looking south west

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The Hall of Medium Harmony, facing north-west

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The Hall of Medium Harmony, facing west

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Inside the Hall of Medium Harmony

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The Hall of Protective Harmony, facing north north west

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Imperial residential quarters, facing north

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Close-up of a roof corner

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Close-up of roof tiles; more animals indicate an important building

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Walkway leading to the Palace of Heavenly Purity to the left (which we didn’t see)

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Walkway leading to officials and servants quarters

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Approaching the entrance to the Ming Tombs

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Chinese national flag flying at the Ming Tombs

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The wording of most of the signs provided some entertainment

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Exiting the Ming Tombs walking up to the tall building on top of the hill

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Stone monument inside the tall building

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The view of other tombs in the distance from the top

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The vendors at the Ming Tombs; once you express your interest in an item it’s very hard to get away!

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The “Spirit Way” on the way to the Ming Tombs

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Me standing next to one of the dozens of statues along the “Spirit Way”

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A large statue of an elephant

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The triumphal arch at the beginning of the “Spirit Way”

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The store at the jade factory

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The Song He Hotel where we stayed

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Wangfujing Street near our hotel, looking north

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Wangfujing Street, looking south

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Karina, Holly, Josh, Natalie, and myself at a Heineken bar near our hotel

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The glass stage at the Heineken bar with bottles underneath

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Making our way home after a night out

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