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    Workers Cultural Palace: Bronze Vats

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    Workers Cultural Palace: Bronze Vats, Beijing
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    There were several bronze vats around the three halls in the Worker Cultural Palace. They were used to store water in case of fire. It is the only way to help during emergency fire in the ancient time.

    The Signboard was written as:
    " Made in the Ming Dynasty with bronze, they were placed before and behind the three halls to store water in case of fire. In Winter, they would be lidded and heated to prevent the water from freezing."

    In Chinese: 铜缸 (Tong Gang)

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    Workers Cultural Palace: Sacred Cypress

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 25, 2011
    Workers Cultural Palace: Sacred Cypress, Beijing
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    This sacred cypress has odd shape with unique of historical background in the Chinese history.

    The signboard was written as:

    "This cypress is said to be the first tree planted in person by the Ming Emperor Chengzu shortly after the temple was built. When the temple was just completed, it was planned to plant cypresses all over the compound. But three attempts failed because of the quality of the soil. At the suggestion of a craftsman, the sandy soil in the compound was replaced with the fertile one from the northeastern corner of the Forbidden City, and the emperor was invited to plant the first tree, which grew very well as they expected. Later, the tree was named "Sacred Cypress" because it was said that it was blessed by the good fortune of the emperor. From then on, Ming and Qing emperors and high officials would descent from their sedans or horses here to show their respect. As a result, Shatan (sand beach) became known. "

    In Chinese: 神柏 (Shen Bo)

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    Workers Cultural Palace: Deer-Shaped Cypress

    by cal6060 Updated Oct 25, 2011

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    Workers Cultural Palace: Deer-Shaped Cypress
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    This unique shaped cypress can be seen in Workers Cultural Palace. There are many old trees in the park but this one has the special deer-shaped look.

    The Signboard was written as:

    " This cypress was planted in the Ming Dynasty. Viewed from northeast its crown resembles a spotted deer, with two hollows for the mouth and the eye, forming a hardly-seen plant landscape. It was known that there were common cranes roosting by the tree, and the view was considered auspicious."

    In Chinese: 鹿形柏 (Lu Xing Bo)

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    A VISIT TO TIANANMEN SQUARE

    by DennyP Updated Oct 7, 2011

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    LOOKING TO THE GATE OF HEAVENLY PEACE
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    Once again allow yourself a lot of time to walk round and view this amazing place also make sure that you are wearing comfortable shoes as you will walk great distances here while you are "out and about."
    To finally arrive in The Tiananmen Square I was not only taken by its hugeness in area but also by the amount of Police and Military that appeared to be everywhere ,and later was also told of the vast amounts of plain clothes secret police milling around in with the crowds..Westerners are still very much looked upon with great suspicion specially talking with Chinese locals. This is the biggest Square in the world and has on occassion seen over a million people gathered here in the Square!!!

    I of course took many photos but after asking a Policemen if I could have a photo with him he declined and then had his photo taken with a local..so much for public relations ..!!
    I must say that I was taken with the vastness of this place even though ,really expecting it to be as I had seen it on TV with vivid images of the student struggle and ruthless militaryaction that followed..Although it is said to be The Square for the people it can be closed at any time seen fit when there are meetings being held in the "Great Hall of the People, but like most cities now..security cameras abound along with the many eyes of the secret police.
    This entire area was a scene of great battles during the Boxer Rebellion of 1899 to 1901..
    and recently in 1989 when Pro Democracy demonstrators were put down by military force.

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    Visit Tianamen Square

    by jpud99930 Written Sep 6, 2011

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    Tianamen square

    Visiting Tianamen Square is a good starting point to visit the Forbidden City. You can enter the Square from the south and walk your way towards the Forbidden City. Tianamen square is just like one big parking lot. There's Mao's mauseleum in the centre with the National Muzeum on the East side the the national Assembly building on the west surrounding the Square.
    You have to pass through security to get onto the square. To view mao there's no bags or backpacks allowed,and no photography.Everywhere else is fine.

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    Zhengyang Gate

    by cal6060 Written Aug 22, 2011

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    Zhengyang Gate, Beijing
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    Zhengyang Gate is located south of Tian'anmen Square, opposite Chairman Mao Memorial Hall. This is a tall ancient gate structure. This gate structure has a strong brick platform as a foundation, and a four stories buildings. Currently, It is a museum to show folk customs of Beijing, and brief history of the gate. From the picture, it shows that this was an important gate for the emperor to enter and leave the City. There were a wall attached together with the gate. But I believed due to modernization, they must have demolished the wall to build streets. This is a great place to visit for its history and great views of the City and Tian'anment Square.

    In Chinese: 正阳门 (Zheng Yang Men)

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    Mausoleum of Mao Zedong

    by cal6060 Updated Aug 21, 2011

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    Mausoleum of Mao Zedong, Beijing
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    Mao Zedong is the most respected leader in the modern China. He is the founding father of the People's Republic of China (PRC) since 1949, and held the role until his death in 1976. This Memorial Hall was built after his death, and completed on May 24, 1977. In front of the hall , there are two sculptures to symbolize the unity of the people and army to fight for communism. They are facing Zhengyang Gate.

    In Chinese: 毛主席纪念堂 (Mao Zhu Xi Ji Nian Tang)

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    Tian'anmen Gate

    by cal6060 Written Aug 21, 2011

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    Tian'anmen Gate is the most iconic place to take picture in mainland China. We were there twice, we could not stop taking pictures of the gates. It is not that the gate is really stunning in the pictures, but it is more of the feeling being in the most important place in China. We are so familiar with this place on special events or happenings through TV and news. That makes it special and beautiful being there.

    There are two lines of Chinese words on each sides of the Chairmen Mao's pictures;

    Left : 中华人民共和国万岁 (Zhong Hua Ren Min Gong He Guo Wan Sui)
    Right: 世界人民大团结万岁 (Shi Jie Ren Min Da Tuan Jie Wan Sui)

    On the left means "The Long Live of the People of the Republic"
    On the right means " The Long Live of the Great Unity of the World's People"

    In front of the gate, there are two Stone Columns (Hua Biao) decorated with drangons and phoenixes.

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    Museum of Chinese History/ Chinese Revolution

    by Jez79 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The origional national museum was set up in the old imperial college of the Ming and Qing Dynasties after the founding of the Republic of China in 1912. This site was established in 1959. It is made up of two sections: the Museum of the Chinese Revolution to the north and the National Museum of Chinese History to the south. The museum has a extensive collection of artefacts and displays, some permanent and some special exhibitions. If you have the time it looks really great. I was only in Beijing for a short time but if I go back I'd love to look through the museum.

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    Qianmen Gate

    by nepalgoods Updated Dec 5, 2010

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    South of the Tiananmen-Square is the Qianmen Gate, which is part of the Zheng Yang Gate - Pure Sun Gate. Zheng Yang Gate was build in the 14th century during the rule of emperor Yong Le. The gate was a big walled round with two main buildings. It was build as a first line of defense in front of the Forbidden City.

    Twice a year the middle gate was openend for the emperor, when he went to the Altar of Heaven or the Altar of Agriculture, where he did the main offerings, which were essential for good harvests and the wellbeing of the Chinese.

    South of Qianmen Gate is now a lively area of shops and teahouses with renovated or newly build old houses and pedestrian streets. For more please see also my shopping-tips.

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    Tianamen Square

    by Green_Frog Updated Jul 26, 2010

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    It's big... big... big!!!! When we visited Tianamen Square there was a lot of security, so be patient as there appears to be thousands of people all wanting to visit this amazing place and all bags, backpacks etc had to be put through the security checkpoints and some of the visitors had to be frisqued this appeared to be random selections. Best part of this visit - it's FREE !!!!

    Allow1 hour – flag raising ceremony – every morning around 6am in front of Gate and at sunset.

    Subway Line 1 - get off at Tiananmen East or Tiananmen West Station
    Subway Line 2 - get off at Qianmen Station and walk north

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    Qian Men

    by sanluipal Written Jul 20, 2010

    In the southern part of the square there are two towers, known as Qian Men, or port of entry. With about 40m high and in ancient Chinese style, were part of a set of doors on the wall, which served to separate the Forbidden City (imperial) of the "Chinese city", where the population resided. In 1960 that linked the wall was torn down to build the road. A pity, because they are the most beautiful facades of the square.

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    Tian`an Men Guangchang

    by sanluipal Updated Jul 20, 2010

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    Tian`an Men Guangchang, or Tiananmen Square, or Square door of heavenly peace. It is a venue in the heart of modern Beijing. In the distance is easy to observe a spacious, open, with many people. In terms of beauty it isn´t fascinating, but it has a political and historical history. It was here in 1989, there were the tragic student protests, whose images went around the world. On the other hand, has the mausoleum of Mao and is surrounded by Communist-style buildings of the 50s. In the background was the symbol of communism, but also represents the opposition and the massacre of students by communism.

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    Say 'Hi' to Mao in Tiananmen Square

    by al2401 Updated May 30, 2010

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    Tiananmen Gate to The Forbidden City
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    The first time most people became aware of Tiananmen Square was in broadcasts of the 1989 protests and the resulting massacre. The square tells a very different tale today.

    This is the largest city square in the world. It was originally designed and built in Beijing in 1651 and was expanded to for times the original size and paved in 1958. it is named after Tiananmen - The Gate of Heavenly Peace - the entrance to The Forbidden City. It is flanked by The Great Hall of the People and the Chinese National Museum with the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong at the opposite end. The Monument to the People's Heroes stand in the centre. Two enormous group statues of revolutionaries stand on either side of the entrance to the mausoleum.

    The square is now for pedestrians only and is visibly patrolled by police - uniformed and plain clothed. It is a lively place and photographers carrying computer printing equipment are more than willing to take your photograph and present you with a laminated product within minutes.

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    Tiananmen Square

    by ValbyDK Updated Apr 26, 2010

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    Tiananmen Square is located in the centre of Beijing and is 880m from south to north and 500m from east to west. The square is surrounded by the Great Hall of the People, Chairman Mao Mausoleum, the National Museum and the Forbidden City.

    The Great Hall of the People is located on the western side of the Tiananmen Square, and was built in 1959. It is the home of the “The Standing Committee of People’s Congress of China” (SCPCC). The National Museum was established in 2003, when the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and the National Museum of Chinese History was merged into the National Museum of China. In front of the building was a display with a countdown to the Beijing Olympics 2008. Read my other tips about Chairman Mao Mausoleum and the Forbidden City.

    Tiananmen Square has been the site of a number of political events such as the student movement in 1989 (maybe you remember the historic photo of a man standing alone trying to block a line of tanks).

    I enjoyed just watching all the local people on the square with their umbrellas and kites. There were many souvenir salesmen on Tiananmen Square, and they sold anything from postcards to ‘The Little Red Book’ by Chairman Mao.

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