[Travel] The Fantastic Family Vacation on Spring Season at Beijing, Hangzhou & Shanghai, China in April 2014! @Day 4

by - Friday, August 08, 2014

Fourth day, I was holiday in Beijing, China.

Now, start tour by walking almost 5 km journey. Why I say like that? Because we have to walk from Tain’ Anmen Square until Forbidden City. Not transportation will allow at Tain’ Anmen Square until Forbidden City.

Wah! I can walk 5 km… Not bad, huh?..

After breakfast at our hotel, we go to Beijing Zoo to visit Panda..
Hihihi~ Normally, panda will start eating on the morning so that only the chance we can see panda because most on time panda always sleep.

We was start our journey from Tain’ Anmen Square but not only us walk 5 km, our tour guide also can’t run from this task. Hahaha~ that why, she told us for who feel can’t walk 5 km, just stay on the bus because our bus will wait us at end gate of Forbidden City.

Now, start jogging exercise!

Tain’ Anmen Square which is the largest city square in the world, bordered by the Great Wall of the People. Tain’ Anmen Square is important place in Beijing, China; which are having a lot of government building around it. That why, there are have a lot of military people stand by; and at the same time we have to pass thru the checking point – almost 3 times when around at Tain’ Anmen Square.

Lucky, we have tour guide so they not really checking our bag during pass by thru the checking points.

Our tour guide told us, when something happens at Tain’ Anmen Square that will be breaking news at all TV station around China. That why, they put higher level security on that place.

Tiananmen Square is a large city square in the center of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen gate (Gate of Heavenly Peace) located to its North, separating it from the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is the fourth largest city square in the world (440,000 m2 – 880×500 m or 109 acres – 960×550 yd).

Near the center of today's square, stood the "Great Ming Gate", the southern gate to the Imperial City, renamed "Great Qing Gate" during the Qing Dynasty, and "Gate of China" during the Republic of China era. Unlike the other gates in Beijing, such as the Tiananmen and the Qianmen, this was a purely ceremonial gateway, with three arches but no ramparts, similar in style to the ceremonial gateways found in the Ming Dynasty Tombs.

 This gate had a special status as the "Gate of the Nation", as can be seen from its successive names. It normally remained closed, except when the Emperor passed through. Commoner traffic was diverted to side gates at the western and eastern ends of today's square, respectively. Because of this diversion in traffic, a busy marketplace, called Chessgrid Streets developed in the big, fenced square to the south of this gate.

Just beside the Tain’ Anmen Square is the Forbidden City. 
The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. For almost 500 years, it served as the home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.

Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Part of the museum's former collection is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Both museums descend from the same institution, but were split after the Chinese Civil War.

The Forbidden City is a rectangle, measuring 961 meters (3,153 ft) from north to south and 753 meters (2,470 ft) from east to west. It consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,886 bays of rooms; however this figure may not include various antechambers. Another common figure points to 9,999 rooms including antechambers; although this number is frequently cited, it is likely an oral tradition, and it is not supported by survey evidence. The Forbidden City was designed to be the center of the ancient, walled city of Beijing. It is enclosed in a larger, walled area called the Imperial City. The Imperial City is, in turn, enclosed by the Inner City; to its south lays the Outer City.

The Forbidden City remains important in the civic scheme of Beijing. The central north–south axis remains the central axis of Beijing. This axis extends to the south through Tiananmen gate to Tiananmen Square, the ceremonial center of the People's Republic of China, and on to Yongdingmen. To the north, it extends through Jingshan Hill to the Bell and Drum Towers. This axis is not exactly aligned north–south, but is tilted by slightly more than two degrees. Researchers now believe that the axis was designed in the Yuan dynasty to be aligned with Xanadu, the other capital of their empire.

National flower of China
These two places were so big and it’s really good for who want exercise during holiday. Hahaha~

After lunch, we get ready for shopping time. We had shopping at Yashow Market. This place, we allow to bargaining until 80% from the first price they put to us. But sometimes I not feel so comfortable during the bargaining part with them. For me, they look so scaring. I not buy anything at this place even we was given time 2 hours for shopping.

Before I get ready for packing my luggage, I get chance to visit one of my favorite café during I was holiday at Seoul – which is Twosome+ Coffee was open at Beijing, China. I bought some cake and tumble at Twosome+ Coffee. I miss this café; I will visit again when I go back Seoul in this year. Hahaha~

Tomorrow, we holiday at Hangzhou, China and our journey at Beijing already ended. This city was full with history even in modern city. 

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Here, the link of others stories about my family vacation at China:

Day 1 & Day 2 ~ click here

Day 3 ~ click here

Day 5 ~ click here

Day 6 ~ click here

Day 7 ~ click here

Day 8 ~ click here

Enjoy your reading.. (^_^)

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