My Footprints – Beijing Part 2

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

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