Beijing Historic Centre
One would have thought doing what I did on a Saturday would be quite insane, but because it was the ‘slack season’, there weren’t nearly as many people as I had expected there to be.
I got the metro back to Qianmen station and headed north. This time Tiananmen Square was open, and I got to go in.
My first stop was the Zhengyangmen (Front Gate), which I had seen lit up the previous night.
I then made my way to the Chairman Mao Memorial Hall, where the body of Chairman Mao is interned. I didn’t go inside though.
I continued walking through Tiananmen Square to the northern end and saw the Tiananmen.
Forbidden City (aka Palace Museum)
I thought that maybe I would go somewhere else if it was really busy, but it wasn’t, so I continued north into the Forbidden City. I got an electronic audio guide in English, and it was pretty good, and probably spent about 2 hours wandering around, and probably only saw about 1/4 of the palace.
To the north of the Forbidden City is Jingshan Park, so I headed in there for a look around. I didn’t go to the top of the tower, as my ankle was quite sore from walking on the uneven ground inside the Forbidden City.
After leaving Jingshan Park, I headed west along a narrow roadway, Tu shan men jie, where there was some cool street food.
I continued west and ended up at Beihai Park, which was really nice. I stayed there until sunset and caught a taxi back to my hotel, as there was no metro stop nearby.
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