Beijing : General Mao and Olympic Centers

After three days in Guang Zhou, I had taken a bus tour to Beijing.  As many may know,
Beijing (Peking) is the capital city of China.  This is where the Peking duck had originated.  This is and was where the communist government lived.  The first place we went was Tien men square where people surrounded the casket of General Mao.  As I stood in the center of the square, I began to feel this surge of sadness and regret.  This is, of course, because of what happened in June 4th of 1994 where students protesting the communist government and had gotten run over by tanks.  As I was here, I heard many tour guides around explaining that General Mao was a good leader of this country.  It’s pretty funny how there are such different views of people around you at different perspectives.

In the evening we went to a place for hot pot. The name was in Chinese and it spelt out as “Bow Chu Ni”.  I think it meant you eat it hot or something.  It didn’t really make sense to me but names don’t always have to make sense in Chinese.  If you don’t know what hot pot is, you’re missing out!  In a traditional style a group of people hover over a pot of soup filled pot and cook their food in it together.  People commonly have thin slices of meat, small pieces of chicken and some noodles.  For the more modern, we have oysters and bamboo shoots and fish balls.  At this place I went to, each person had their individual pots with individual burners.  It was mainly seafood that we had, they also provided rice.

The day after we went to the Forbidden City.  I decided not to put up many pictures to keep it as “forbidden” as possible (though I think you will be able to find lots of pictures online).  This place was huge!  This is a very important place to go to in you are ever in or near Beijing.  The reason why it was called a city because the area was huge and almost resembled a city.  It was forbidden because this was where the emperor used to live.  This would include all his servants, some important judges, and all of his wives.  There was no such thing as monogamy for the emperors of China.  Imagine your house and multiply it by 4.  This is the size of where the emperor stayed.  Take that and multiply it by 2 and that is the great hall where people congregated and discussed important things.  Take the size of your house and that is the size of one wife’s house.  There were small museums of how the royal family lived.  It’s a great example of how much has already changed from then.

After the Forbidden City, we had a All-You-Can-Eat Sushi for dinner.  We arrived at our
hotel and settled in and then went to a “Da Hay” Show.  The show is essentially people doing some crazy stunts and some Mandarin speaking drama. I would definitely recommend going to something like that in China as it is so different from American entertainment.

A good night’s sleep was required as we would be leaving the next day for Hong Kong.  The last thing we saw before we left was the Olympic stadiums.  Remember only two Olympics ago Beijing had huge controversy with involvement in the Olympic Games?  Well, throw those ideas away because the building were huge and beautiful.   The now water training center, bubble building, was modernistic and colourful on the inside.  The “Nest” was standing strong and large as a whole field was on the inside and over thousands of seats.  A big tourist spot for many but an amazing experience to see.

Beijing was fun.  The food was alright so don’t expect anything amazing.  But the history is there.  The roots of my history.

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