Zhongshan park is located between the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
It's nicely done up, with attractive buildings, plants, landscaped
gardens, flower and orchard displays, and a small museum with fossils,
rocks, crystals and so forth. There's a small fee to enter.
At the Gate of Heavenly Peace, a group of women were very keen on being
photographed with Peter. We couldn't work out if it was his venerable
white beard that was the attraction, or his obvious foreignness, or just
For background on the 1989 massacre
in Tiananmen Square see the BBC
. And there's some iconic footage on YouTube
Some "art students" tried to decoy us from the National Museum into an
art gallery, but we managed to escape. The Treasures display had some
amazing items, but pretty much no interpretation of them. An exhibition
on Zheng He was more modern in presentation.
We walked to the Grand Beijing Hotel (which only changed travellers'
cheques for guests), then to Oriental Plaza and Wangfujing Daje, where
we looked around a silk shop and then had Peking Duck in the Qianjude
restaurant. There were long queues and a wait here, and half a duck
wasn't really enough for two of us.
Afterwards we visited the Foreign Language Bookshop and grabbed a snack
from the Donganmen night market.
Back at the hotel I checked my email and found a message from Cosma
, who happened to be in Beijing and who I had hoped to meet up with
for the day. Maybe next time, starting out on the Silk Road!
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