After such a gray day yesterday and a thunderstorm at night, it was hazy but sunny and hot on this morning. Of course, on the day we planned to stand in line outside for 1-1/2 hours! Yes, we joined thousands of Chinese to visit Chairman Mao in his Memorial Hall:
We don't have photos of being in line, as they are strict about what you can bring with you. You have to check your bags, cameras, etc., and just bring official ID.
Afterwards, we roamed the rest of Tian'anmen Square. The Great Hall of the People:
View towards Tian'an Men/Gate:
Chairman Mao proclaimed the founding of the People's Republic of China from the balcony of this gate on October 1, 1949, and his portrait still hangs there.
China National Museum:
Brynne and Tamiko:
Tian'an Men Gardens:
Approaching the Forbidden City down an avenue of locust trees:
An entrance door:
The Forbidden City is officially known as Gugong/Palace Museum.
Brynne and Kent in the Outer Court:
General view for the vastness of just the forecourt:
The Inner Golden River Bridges:
Since we were not allowed through the Gate of Supreme Harmony, we had to walk around either side to end up in the main Outer Court:
In the center, a marble carriageway leads to Taihe Dian/Hall of Supreme Harmony:
Rubbing the lucky handles of a cauldron:
Tiles with the rare color of green.
Now in the final court of the Outer Court, looking at Qianqin Men/Gate of Heavenly Purity:
Qianqing Gong/Hall of Heavenly Purity:
A peek at the corner Arrow Tower:
Is this guy getting his photo taken as if holding the tower?