Symbol of China
You can feel the power and strength of the country when you stand on Tiananmen Square. Tiananmen Square and Gate are so politically symbolic of China. With a huge picture of Chairman Mao at the entrance of the gate, you know that you are standing at the heart, the control center of China. The enormous size of the square itself also symbolizes the strength of the country.
Personal Hygiene Set for sale
personal hygiene set for sale available at hotel rooms for 20 RMB and has towels, bath liquid soap, shampoo, lotion, tootbrush and toot paste. for people who forgot to pack their toilettries after arriving here. it is very convenient hehehe, the front desk will just charge you after you check out.
Visit construction sites
Beijing looks like it is building all the time; there are lots of construction sites throughout the city and near my hotel there were several which I visited from outside and even from inside, thanks to some of the workers who took me with them; I would otherwise not have dared to go inside not only because it is dangerous to walk around on that sort of place, if you do not know and if the people there are not aware there is a foreigner who does not know where all the machine move, what can fall from the sky, etc. . .
The Chinese are building, building, building. . . like if they wanted to catch up with the capitalistic world; they are already in this world and it is just amazing to look at all what they are building. So many people work in construction, pharaonic projects like the Yang Tse dam are not in Beijing, but it is impressive, and with the light, the misty weather and the sand storms, it gives an unreal image, a bit science fiction, or it reminds some science fiction movies like “green sun” or T. Giliam’s “Brazil” in some cases.
Main picture: Cranes, scaffolds, steel bars sometimes can make “interesting” arrangements or strange geometries. In Beijing there are probably more cranes working than in any European country; it is really impressive to see the construction sites throughout the city, on the roads, etc.
Picture 2: And they even try daring architecture; the two inclined buildings will meet somewhere in the sky.
Picture 3: In the mist and sandstorm, the landscapes look weird, a bit surreal;
Picture 4: I still remain as a kid and like to watch the cranes working; they are impressive, like wading birds fragile and strong in the same time.
Picture 5: If the flowers could think, what would they think? They are still there, but may be more buildings will be erected, and the little trees will have to give space, may be.
Silk and more
The store was established in 1930 by Shan Xi merchants (Jin Shang). Currently, it sells more than just silk fabric and products.
Gu Xiu, a famous type of embrodery (xiu) method starting from Gu family (originally starting from Shanghai in Ming dynasty, and has had a big influence on Suzhou embrodery).
The entire building has more than 5,000 sq meeter shopping area. It claims to have the largest silk fabric/product collection in Asia. Many world "dignities" has shopped here - something no Chinese store has ever missed to brag about!
The on-site Silk exhibition hall shows the entire process of silk production, and live exhibitions of silk rug making, double-side embrodery, and other folk art. 1st Fl: Linen embroderies (and other silk embroderies)
2nd Fl: floor rug, cashmere product
3rd Fl: Silk, linen, cotton fabrics
4th Fl: Silk, linen and cotton appearal
Misc: art and crafts, fur product
Service: tailor, mailing order, shipping etc Varies
Getting a lift about town
We hired a bicycle taxi to take us back from Beihai Park to the Wangfujing Road. The driver quoted 20r for the trip but we got off early after he left the main street and went off down a dodgy looking side road (we were perhaps a little over cautious but better to be safe).
The driver asked for more money than quoted of course, but we paid the agreed amount and walked the last bit of the journey.
I am not sure I would use this form of transport if I had the option again. I felt sorry for the driver as although we are not at all heavy, he struggled to keep the bike going, and also being out in the middle of the crazy car drivers was rather scary!