Women's China Tour travel blog

Gate just at the entrance to Tiananmen

Tiananmen Square...will hold over one million people

Mao's tomb and Monument to Heros

Grace and Joan

Barb, Jan, Jecka, Alex and Judy

Tiananmen Gate where the tanks were stopped by one protester who would...

Bride and Groom...red represents happiness

Massive interior courtyard...it's almost 1 km from the entrance to the exit...no...

Marilyn and Shev

We've noticed that it's mostly young men and boys in family groups,...

Temple of Heaven built entirely out of wood, 38 metres tall

Interior posts...huge and exquisitely decorated

Traditional Chinese Medicine...soak before our foot massage

Much needed foot treatment after hours of walking!

Cute show with Panda's on a mission to learn Kung Fu

The finale ... a long day!


Today, the plan is to visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Chinese Pharmacies Institutions.

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06Apr – Beijing: Tiananmen; Forbidden City; Temple of Heaven; Chinese Pharmacies Institution

Our first day in China, jetlag still fogging our brains and we’re off for a 12 hour day! Wake up calla t 6:30 and on the bus by 8:00 all groggy. Good thing we’re early though because we beat the crowds at Tiananmen...

It’s quite bitter sweet for many of us to be in Tiananmen. The name means Gate of Heavenly Peace, yet it has such a violent history. The square will hold over one million people comfortable. Today there are a few thousand and it seems empty. Other groups, with identifying flags held by group leaders, gather around their guide to hear the commentary in many languages. Few other North American or European travellers are here; it’s mostly Chinese from other areas here to see Mao’s tomb (at one end) and Tiananmen Gate at the other end. We cannot believe were here ...

After a pit stop (literally pit toilet, but clean), we head to the Forbidden City. None of us is prepared for the massive size of the city. From one end to the other, it’s almost one kilometre long. Along the walkways, there are buildings, some large and some smaller. It’s worth a read for the history: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forbidden_City. It was an imperial palace from the Ming to Qing (pronounced Ching) dynasties (1360s to 1911).

We overwhelmed by the history and architecture and our next stop to the Temple of Heaven is as impressive. Built in the 1400s, it’s entire constructed out of wood..it’s round and 38 metres tall...an engineering marvel. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Temple_of_Heaven has some great information.

After walking our feet around Beijing, we are treated to a foot massage at a Chinese Pharmacies institute. Some of us also had a diagnosis done by a Chinese doctor. An interesting experience for the group...skeptics included.

Our guide, Frank, has been marvellous and we are well cared for by Gabriel, our tour director. They have organized our day with lots of stops, wonderful meals and just enough information to keep us from feeling to overwhelmed by centuries of history.

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