Strolling through Tiananmen SquarePosted: October 4, 2011
After another unappetizingly large meal, my mom and I decided a stroll was in order. Instead of taking the routine path in our neighborhood, we hopped on a bus and then the subway to Xidan, where we would commence our stroll towards Tiananmen Square. This was Sunday, the day after National Day, when everyone from everywhere wanted to be in the same place: Tiananmen Square.
Our “stroll” turned into push, which of course turned into shove. It’s not often I get to take an unobstructed photo of Tiananmen!
Beijing is already an overcrowded city, but during national vacations, it really becomes “people mountain, people sea” (the literal translation of a Chinese expression “人山人海” that is equivalent to “a sea of people”).
I dare say the crowd exceeds that of Canal Street and Times Square, combined. Although, I have to admit, it’s quite exciting. In every corner, tucked amongst the crowd are goodies, more like junk, that tourists just have to have. For example, candied fruit
and cotton candy.
I did not take pictures of corn on the cob, light-up horns, Chinese flag stickers, and other fun toys that were illegally profiting on sidewalks, because I was too busy taking pictures of lights! As much electricity as all the lights waste (not any less than other cities like NYC), they sure are pretty.
This little girl above is not only a speed demon, she is a law-breaker! A criminal! This sign below clearly depicts no rollerblading allowed!
Around the corner from Tiananmen Square is Wangfujing, a large shopping plaza soaring with people. The photo is blurry, but you get the picture!
Have I convinced anyone to visit me in Beijing with these alluring photos yet? Anybody?
Perhaps after a few more posts. For now, I must get some rest before my first day of work tomorrow! Woohoo! Back to long morning commutes. Just like my days in Brooklyn.