Tiantan Park and the Temple of Heaven
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Tiantan Park (Temple of Heaven) and the Ming Wall
Another â€śbeautifulâ€ť Monday in Beijing, and it was time to head outdoors. I put beautiful in quotes since it was smoggy, but it was warm and breezy. So I met Jan at the Tiantandongmen metro station, and we headed around to the North Gate of Tiantan Park. Since Jan had a park pass, I was the only one of us getting a ticket, and I got a Guide to the Temple of Heaven too (total was RMB40). He learned last week at Ritan that I like taking picturesâ€¦of everything. So I went snapping away (so did he, just not so much). We had our picture taken impromptu by a Chinese man (his son was standing next to me as me and Jan were looking over the map). Smiles all around, Jan and I headed into the park.
From there we walked around the rest of the park, stopping to take pictures and otherwise look around and enjoy the scenery and the company. It was really nice just being outside, and Janâ€™s pretty good company too. J We went over the Danbi Bridge and headed through the Chengzhen Gate and looked around at the trees (Cypresses according to my map) and then went to the Imperial Vault of Heaven and the Echo Wall.
From there we walked to the Fasting (or Abstience, seems like it depends on the translation) Palace, but didnâ€™t go in. We just looked around at the trees, the birds, the waterless moat and a cat in the aforementioned moat. Two random Chinese girls asked me to take their picture, which I did, and then me and Jan were on our way. We ended up back at the Danbi Bridge, and there was a cool kite flying! So after quite a few pictures and some video on my part, we crossed the bridge and headed towards the East Gate. But before we did, we saw the aftermath of a fight (one man had a bloodied mouth and fist while an older man had blood streaming down the side of his face).
Once that oogling was over, we went to the Long Corridor where people where playing cards and Chinese checkers (and of course, pictures were taken). On our way out, I pointed out that people were playing shuttlecock and they tried getting Jan into the game! Then we went back to the metro station where we went one stop to Ciqikou and walked through Janâ€™s apartment community to the Ming Wall. And it wasnâ€™t long before the batteries in my camera died, but I broke out the phone and all was well with me. It was cool, and we saw a photo shoot too. We turned around at this bridge that I could see the LG Lipstick Towers from, and also the back of the Scitech building at Jianguomen, and my Soho. I joked that I could probably walk home from there, and that we lived within walking distance of each otherâ€¦but both would be one heck of a walk! On our way back to Chongwenmen, we watched some kite fliers for a few minutes.
Oh, and heâ€™s teaching me British.
After dinner (that included a discussion of the Muppet Show), we went over to the New World Mall so I could go to Watsons for batteries. But before we made it to Watsons, we watched the ice skaters in the rink on the bottom floorâ€¦and no we didnâ€™t join in. I think weâ€™d like to though, a little later. Anyway, after Watsons we just walked around and then headed out.
Yup, Iâ€™m finally getting out and seeing Beijing. Now to think about next Monday. J