Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Tian an men square

Hui told me that Tian an men directly stands for "Gates of Heavenly Peace". The square is the largest public square on earth. It was BIG. Not as big as I was hoping, but still BIG. (I know I have unreal expectations, that's why I'm awesome)

The place was an amazing sight to see. It's basically the front patio and one of the outside doors to the Forbidden City.

Before 2 days ago, I thought the Tian an men gate (the one with Mao's picture on it) was the actual border of the Forbidden City. It's not, as I found out. The Forbidden City is hidden inside like 4 more walls past that point.

But yeah there were a lot of Chinese people in the square, as you can imagine. It was like being at Disneyland on a busy day, but there's no rides. It's all hanging out, reflecting, looking around, and taking pictures.

Tian an men square may hold the record for having the most number of cameras in one place at one time.

I took quite a few pictures as well here, and will put them up soon for you.

In the middle of the square lies a huge building that is a dedication to Mao and to the east of the square is the building called Great Hall of the People where the congress convenes. I couldn't go into those 2 buildings because they require you to check in your bags, and I didn't have time for that.

I'm going to try to go tomorrow to check those 2 out.


Blogger Ben said...

did you visit the Starbucks inside the Forbidden City? Take a picture of you drinking a latte in the city, that would be a good photo for your FB than your gayish one.

November 4, 2008 at 11:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tian an men is written in Chinese
天安門(Koreans read as 천안문).
天 means Heaven
安 peace
門 gate
Koreans use some Chines charactors because it gives meaning and immediate understanding. Chinese charactors are really difficult but interesting because it shapes as it means. The gate 門, don't you think it really shaped like a gate? Other letters are all same. They made it one by one like that.
Great Wall is 萬里長城(만리장성) means "a long wall reaches thousands of miles".
Koreans were arguing that Korea have to use only pure Korean and others use some Chinese letters just for meaning. The letters now using in Korea is abut 2000, i think.

November 5, 2008 at 1:56 PM  
Blogger Jimmy said...

i heard that there was a starbucks in there but i couldn't find it when i walked through. I think it's in an not obvious location. I was kinda busy for time that day. Also, blogger did some stupid crap and I didn't see this comment until now 8(

November 19, 2008 at 5:48 AM  

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