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Our first experience of Beijing....


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So today's our first day taking in the sights of Beijing. First stop would be Tiananamen square and the forbidden city. The early start was a tough one to stomach as the jet lag and bad nights sleep had taken its toll, but with a good omelette breakfast at the hostel we both were ready to get snap happy! And boy did we!!

Seeing Tiananamen Square for the first time we were both shocked at the size. We were told it was the largest square in the world and it really is! Surrounded by important buildings, which in true Beijing fashion were massive, and in the central point was the building that housed Chairman Mao the leader who created the Republic of China that is here today.

We strolled around walking passed the original entrance to the Forbidden City before it was opened to the public and after we came to the centre of the square which had a monument to the Chinese people who had fallen at the hands of the Japanese invasion years ago. (See pictures below)

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Sarah and me standing in front of Original entrance to Forbidden City

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Monument to Chinese people who had fallen to Japanese invasion.

We carried walking around and our guide told us the school children are given a great honour by allowing them to stand in line in front of the monument, which I thought really showed the difference between our culture and theirs as respect is ingrained at an early age (which wouldn't go a miss back home).

We also met a funny old dude who took fancy to us all, he was clearly a few cakes short of a picnic! We humoured him for a bit but it did become a nuisance, Sam who was in our group made the attempt to send him walking but only made a friend

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We had just got to Beijing after the 7 day national holiday and so there were many people still hanging around and also their was a lot of decoration including the biggest bouquet that you will ever see!

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We made our way through the the Forbidden City and the sheer size was enough to take your breath away, it just went on and on for ever. To save me going on forever too I have just put together a collage of the best photos for you to see.

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After visiting the Forbidden City we took a trip to the Temple of Heaven which was built for the Emperor to allow him to worship. It was another big open space with similar decoration that we found at the Forbidden City.

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And despite all being completely shattered we agreed to go see an acrobatic show which included guys flinging themselves across poles and girls stacking themselves in a diamond on a moving bicycle! All very impressive but when you are sleep deprived it is a little disorientating.

Tomorrow we tackle the Great Wall. Tune in for more tales..............

Posted by doyledan 08:04 Archived in China

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