Tiananmen Square, Beijing
Favorite thing: Tiananmen Square -- the heart of the city. Major rallies were held here during the Cultural Revolution when the then Chairman Mao attended parades of up to 1,000,000 people. And in 1989, huge army tanks and soldiers squashed pro-democracy demonstrators here; the result that followed was tragic.
Fondest memory: This picture-perfect postcard gives you an aerial view of TianAnmen Square. If you can drag yourself out of bed (yes, DRAG!) before sunrise, you can actually catch the flag raising ceremony here at the crack of dawn, performed by PLA solders taught to march at a precised timing of 108 paces per minute, 75 cm per pace!!!!!! You can also watch the SAME ceremony - done in reverse order - at sunset. However you will probably melt in the throngs and throngs of people gathered here in the evenings. And you can't get a good view of the ceremony!!!!!!
make your way down to one of the largest squares in the world - the TIAN' ANMEN SQUARE.
It was here that the feared Communist leader, Chairman Mao solemnly proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949. For some of us, this place brings back very sad memories of the 1989 Tian' Anmen masaccre where thousands of university students were trampled to death by heavy army tanks... Well, that thought came flashing through my mind whilst I was here.
Incidentally, did you notice the Chairman Mao Mausoleum behind me?? For those tourists who are interested to glimpse his body, get into the loooong queue quickly....
Fondest memory: That's me at another section of the huge TIAN' ANMEN SQUARE. This is definitely the heart of Beijing. Today, the square is a place for people to stroll and wander (aimlessly??) or to fly decorated kites!
Visit Tiananmen Square
This square has witnessed many important events in Chinese history. At sun rise, you can see the raising of the national flag here and wonder if a new day will bring new hope to this country and its people.
The poem A Flower in the Square, written by my dear friend Carly Wong, was inpired by the vivid colours that she saw while standing in the middle of Tiananmen Square watching the flag-raising that occurs every morning at sunrise, the break of dawn, over Beijing city. It was a remarkable and unforgettable experience.
The composition of this poem spans over a period of 10 years. The first verse was written on June 4, 1989; ten years later, Carly added on the second verse.
A flower in the Square
by Carly Wong
A flower in the Square
Of deepest red for the
Blood of youth that flowed
Onto the stones
And found its way between
The cracks to make
China grow again
A patch over the Square
Of purest blue for the
Soul of youth that seeks
From decade past
Reason to journey
The skies to find
China heart again
Get a Peek of Chinese History 1949 - 1976
Since I was borned just during the outbreak of the cultural revolution, the shining red star has been the centre of my childhood. I used to watch communist movies and saw how the People's Liberation Army defeated the Japanese invaders and 'liberated' the Chinese people.
It was not until this trip to the Great Hall of the People and the Mao Mausoleum that I got so close to the two figures that dominated my childhood -- the shining red star and the corpse of Mao Ze Dong.
Favorite thing: I was there 3 years ago this November, from memory we arrived about 10am, Fistly do you know that you have to go across the road and leave everything there, e.g. camera, bags etc. it is not hard finding where you have to go, you are given a ticket and then go back across the road and get in line. I did not find the time a problem when I was there, I would guess it took about 10 mins standing in line, slowly moving all the time, the line moves quite quickly and of course it is interesting just to be there. I was not with a tour so there were no other westeners there at the time, lost of Chinese tourists. There is a stall selling flowers (artificial) just before you enter I can't remember how much they were charging but lot's of Chinese were buying them, you find a statue of Mao first and that is where the flowers are placed. My guess is that they are continually reused, someone might contridict me on that point. I have read a couple of Mao's bioghrophy's and of course heard the speculation on wether or not it is his body or a wax model, no matter it was quite strange and interesting being there, then get ready for the souviner's for sale as you leave. Enjoy your time it is a facinating country.
Every tourist sight you've ever heard about should be seen. The people were charming and friendly. Tiananmen Square was interesting. Filled with flowers left over from celebration. A couple wanted me to hold their toddler while they took my picture, but we compromised and I held the toddler while we both took pictures.
Fondest memory: Seeing a person sweeping up dirt along the 'freeway', the bicycles and the contrast of bright colors against the gray building.
Favorite thing: The Monument to the People's Heroes occupies a central spot in Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square. It looks very impressive and you can often see soldiers parading in the area.
Memorial square in the center of the Capital.
Maybe the biggest in the world.
Scenery of many political reactions - scenary of changes !
In the background - Mao
Favorite thing: I think, nobody can resist to take this photo! This is the big Portrait of Chairman Mao hanging at the first gate to the Forbidden City in the north of Tian An Men Square.
Favorite thing: This is the Monument to the People's heros in Tian Anmen Square.We all know what happened here in 1989.However,it is not brought up for discussion in China.
Favorite thing: the Mao Mausoleum. All forms of photography is banned inside this place. The pic below is a scanned postcard of Chairman Mao lying inside the coffin with armed guards standing by.
Fondest memory: This monument was built to remember the heroes who contribute their live 4 the struggling way of founding Peoples Republic Of China~~~~~ yes, we'll always remember them in our heart!!!