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Highlight of My Trip in Beijing

Last month, our family did some serious sightseeing in Beijing. It was fun and full of lifetime experiences. I really got my eyes opened on that trip. The first day we were taken outside the city to see a bunch of Ming dynasty tombs and Great Wall at Badaling section. Honestly, I did not enjoy my time over there. At Ming Tombs, we were taken to visit an underground tomb that turned into a museum. I felt it kind of creepy and spooky while moving around, knowing I had stepped into the place of the dead. And Badaling was packed with crowds and we barely had some alone time on the wall to enjoy our trekking or taking pictures. However, we did enjoy a great time the next day when we were taken to see the Forbidden City.

Tiananmen Square

We woke up to a fine day that day, and the bus picked us up around 8 am and hot the road for Tiananmen Square. We walked for a while till we arrived at the square. From afar we saw the iconic portrait of Mao Tse Tung that hangs on the red-painted tower leading to the Forbidden City. Then our tour guide took us to the center of the square for us to do some sightseeing with a walk. The square was really huge and spacious, lined with a bunch of iconic landmarks. We took some pictures while wandering around the square. Though we were not as excited as those Chinese people when they finally stood on the icon of China, I could still tell how important the square meant for them.

Afterwards, we moved towards the meridian gate that stood at the center of Tiananmen Square and continued on down the axis line of the Forbidden City. The front part of the Forbidden City was quite pompous and magnificent, with the buildings all colorfully painted and strikingly decorated. Commoners of course were off limits to enter the Forbidden City back in ancient times, hence the name. There seemed to be hundreds of thousands of halls and palaces in the ground. Some serve as living quarters of the emperors, some court, I could tell by size, roof-style and the number of Chinese dragons on the eaves the roles of each building. Got to say, the architecture was amazing as it could be! It was really an eye-opening experience in the imperial palace!

Overall, we both had fun and some lifetime experiences while visiting Beijing!