We visited Tiananmen Square just four days before the 25th anniversary of the big riot/protest that took place there. We were pretty sure that there would not be any ceremonies taking place to commemorate this event. We visited on a holiday and there were thousands of Chinese tourists here and in the forbidden city.
This would be a great place to make an observation about Chinese children in general. As you know, there is a one child per couple law in China, which has been in force for a generation. The children therefore get a lot of attention from parents, grand parents, aunts and uncles. They are very well behaved, not seemingly spoiled and not intrusive on our enjoyment of wherever we are.
We walked around the square for an hour or so. Like the rest of China, it is huge. I thought my guide would be able to point out where the old man stood in front of the tanks during the protests. He just shrugged and said, “they shot him”.
The square which can hold 600,000 people is bordered on the west by the Great Hall of the People and on the west by the National Museum of China.
This square is a must see in Beijing. Historically, socially and geographically it is at the center of the city. It is quite impressive, not only because it is so massive, but because it is such a beautiful meeting place.
The next post will be the Forbidden City, which is absolutely mind blowing. Stay tuned, share, and please comment.