Great Wall of China (万里长城 – 八达岭). There’s this Chinese saying ‘He who does not reach the Great Wall is not a true man’ ( ‘不到长城非好汗’)..
View showing how steep a climb it was…climbing Great Wall has put our physique to test…it’s a tough climb but we glad that we made it.
The Forbidden City (紫禁城) – The Gate of Supreme Harmony (太和门)
The Forbidden City (紫禁城) – Hall of Supreme Harmony (太和殿)
The Forbidden City (紫禁城) – The Palace of Heavenly Purity (乾清宫)
Above the throne hangs a plaque engraved with four Chinese characters which means ‘Aboveboard’.
The Forbidden City (紫禁城) – The Well of Concubine Zhen (珍妃井). Concubine Zhen (珍妃 ) was the beloved concubine of Emperor Guangxu (光绪帝) and she was thrown and drowned in this well.
The Forbidden City (紫禁城) – The Nine Dragon Screen (九龙壁 )
Temple of Heaven (天坛 ) – this is where emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasty would make offerings to heaven and pray for good harvests
Temple of Heaven (天坛 ) – Heavenly Center Stone – If you stand on this center slab of stone, your voice will sound particularly resonant.
Along the street with direction sign showing the way to Temple of Heaven (天坛 )
Tiananmen Square (天安门广场)
15 minutes walk from our hotel to Tiananmen Square to watch National Flag Raising Ceremony
Just a street behind Tiananmen Square..
Beijing National Stadium ‘Bird’s Nest’ (鸟巢)
Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium which hosted 2008 Summer Olympics has been transformed into a snow-theme park
A magnificent view of Water Cube at night
Ling Long Pagoda, located near the Olympic Cauldron, on the northwest side of Bird’s Nest Stadium