February 1st, 2014 was our third day in Beijing. As much as we wanted to wake up early, our bodies were too tired from hiking the Great Wall the day before. We were originally planning on invading the Forbidden city on our third day, but shit happens. Haha~ We took the right subway, we stopped at the right station but we took a wrong turn that led us to a wonderfully tiring shopping detour.
|the city's first railway station|
We didn't know we were supposed to turn left and cross the street after getting off the subway. We turned right and went further since there are a lot of people heading that way too. We spotted a Starbucks after crossing the pedestrian lane.
Actually, we are kinda near the Forbidden city. We were actually at Qianmen (formerly known as Zhengyangmen or Gate Tower) which is located at the south end of Tian'anmen square.
|biggest scissors I've ever seen!|
|definitely not a little teapot, eh?|
that's the Archery tower behind me
We still made our way there though. We took pictures at the historical Tian'anmen Square. This is the heart of the city and this place is known for the 1989 Democracy Movement and other protests.
|Zhengyangmen (it means FRONT GATE)|
Chairman Mao Zedong's mausoleum can also be found at the middle of Tian'anmen Square. It gets a lot of visitors everyday, most of whom are his supporters. It is located at the exact same place where the Gate of China used to stand. Chairman Mao is also known as the father of 'Modern China'. He drove out imperialism and tried to elevate the status of Chinese women, improve education and health care system and increase life expectancy. However, not everyone is a fan of him and he is rather considered as a dictator by some people. In so many ways, I think he's pretty much like our late President Marcos. Though he did a lot of good things for his country, people still found ways to turn things around.
I have seen Pres. Marcos' remains, but I haven't seen Chairman Mao's.
|entrance to the Forbidden city!!!|