There’s this wiiiide open space before the actual entrance to the Temple of Heaven area. We quickly discovered that the locals have converted it into an activity area of sorts. If you’ve lived in China for a period of time, you would know that local Chinese, especially the senior citizens, love going out and moving around, dancing, doing taichi, or whatever else. Actually pretty healthy!
Upon entering the actual temple compound, we were greeted with more open spaces. A lot of the seemingly “random” objects lying around here actually served some purpose back in the old days. What’s more, this big space with all the structures was made just for the emperor to offer his sacrifices and walk around afterwards. Dayum if someone would make such a grand space for my walks, I’d be one healthy robust walker.
After this shot and a few wacky jump shots with my co-teachers (there’s something so appealing about taking fun shots in old, serious places), I looked back, and took more pictures just to remind myself how big this area was.
GAWWWW I miss them already. Again, the way we got together in spite of our differences in age and thought patterns was amazing, and I had an equally rockin’ time with them as if I had been with my same-age friends. Miss you all!
Alas, on the day that we visited there was none of the striking blue sky and pure white clouds contrasting with the temple itself, but only a murky cloudy day. Would have made for a more stunning picture!
In this actual Temple of Heaven, they were smart enough to put a tourist guide in the form of an automated speaker that runs every 25 minutes, if I remember it correctly. We didn’t stay for the recording, though, as a lot of people were already crowded in the vicinity.
Aside from 王府井 (Wang Fujing), 前门大街 is like the equivalent of 北京路 (Beijing Lu) in Guangzhou. What I like about this more than the others, though, is how wide the space is. There’s a lot of people, but you hardly felt it because it was so wide, so walking was a pleasure. I also liked how it kept its stone building façade no matter what the store was. Quite pretty!
Here they have a branch of 全聚德 (Quan Ju De), which according to locals is the most famous duck restaurant in Beijing. When we passed by at this particular time, they had a booth on their first floor selling whole ducks and ducks with most of the meat gone (how do you call them?) for crazy cheap prices. Good ducks, hard to come by!