This is the heart of Beijing, in charge of historical events, and for us it was the first site we found.
Welcome to the largest square in the world, Tian’anmen Square.
Upon arrival in Beijing, we first had to find our hotel. It should be easy, indicate that the address was in the street just outside the station. Well it took us wander the streets of several hundred meters and retrace our steps only to find it was not only on the street, but also opposite the train spotting … First successful but certainly inefficient
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CTIS, we will do without
Was followed by a fruitless search of CITS indicated on the Backpacker 2002-2003. Backpacker dubious or otherwise change the image of the upheavals of Chinese cities, we have somewhat struggled to get on with a Chinese company for all staff unfamiliar with an intern … We set out again empty-handed, and decide on the heels of us cope by ourselves with our guides admittedly a bit old, especially when we know that in China everything changes very fast, but very useful nonetheless.
Tiananmen Square, finally!
Our first destination is the famous Tiananmen Square (Gate of Heavenly Peace), located at the south gate of the Forbidden City.
Tiananmen Square is so famous, it is perhaps because of its size (the largest in the world) but probably more because of historical events in which it was the theater in October 1949, Mao Zedong proclaimed there People’s Republic of China, and sadly closer to us, 4 June 1989 crackdown in the blood (between 1000 and 3000 deaths) students who occupied the place since April to demand democracy and an end to corruption …
Now if the place is busy, it is more than a peddler of snacks and tourists take pictures in front of the buildings surrounding the square.