Sunday, October 02, 2011

Beijing, Day One - Tiananmen Square

Our first morning in Beijing was a tiny bit chilly, which to the boys meant COLD. They are so sensitive to cold after living in Singapore for more than two years. It was a welcome change for Justin and me!
The first day, our plan was to visit Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City. If you are unfamiliar with Tiananmen Square, you can read about it here.

Here are the boys walking down the street with Lilly, our fabulous tour guide:

McDonalds in China! (I admit we ate here quite a few times.)

My freezing cold 6-year-old:

Walking, walking...our hotel was close to Tiananmen Square and The Forbidden City, but it was probably a mile walk or so:

Traffic signs. The boys said, "no exploding cars can go that way..."

Tiananmen Square (the tall building, back left, is Mao's mausoleum, where you can see him in his embalmed state. We did not do this.):

Tiananmen Square, decorated for China's National Day, October 1st:

Boys hanging out in Tiananmen Square (those barricades are opened and the street closed for certain events, like National Day). The street you see there is the famous one where the events of June 3, 1989 took place, although our tour guide had no information about that to give us (shocking no one):

Tiananmen Gate, where Tiananmen Square gets its name, with Chairman Mao's photo prominently displayed:

Felt like we were with 20,000 of our closest friends cramming into the tunnel leading to the entrance to The Forbidden City:

Pictures of The Forbidden City, The Great Wall, The Summer Palace, and the Terracotta Warriors to come!

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