Tiananmen Square

Our second day in Beijing was filled with Chinese history and gorgeousness.  We started the day by walking through Tiananmen Square with about 500,000 others. The square was packed with Chinese people due to the national holiday – Qingming Festival (also known as Tomb Sweeping Day). It is like our Memorial Day in the US. So, yes… they had a 3 day holiday.

 

Government building

General Mao

Tiananmen Square is named after Tiananmen Gate and it means Gate of Heavenly Peace. This is interesting due to the fact that several historical events have taken place here and include mass killings and protests that have made this square famous around the world. Thankfully when we visited everyone seemed to be in good spirits.

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