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Tiantan Park and the Temple of Heaven

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Tiantan Park (Temple of Heaven) and the Ming Wall

Another “beautiful” 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 pictures…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.

  We first came to a gate, and we got our cameras working.  Then we went to the temple…and found out that I got right in but he had to get a ticket.  But we were soon in, and it was amazing!!  It was a bit of a climb, but well worth it.   We took turns taking pictures, and we looked around all the buildings.  And we noticed how we wanted to fix grammar/spelling on the translations (you’d think that the Temple of Heaven being such a tourist attraction, they’d get someone to do it right). 

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 Jan’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.

  My ticket got me in, so I did, and Jan waited for me.  It wasn’t very big, so I was only in there for about five minutes, but I took some more pictures and took a look around. 

From there we walked to the Fasting (or Abstience, seems like it depends on the translation) Palace, but didn’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 Jan’s apartment community to the Ming Wall.  And it wasn’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 other…but both would be one heck of a walk!  On our way back to Chongwenmen, we watched some kite fliers for a few minutes.

  At Chongwenmen, we decided on Pizza Hut for dinner, which was perfect since it was close and I was starving!  While we waited for a table, I talked to a woman from Cornerstone University in Grand Rapids, MI.  At the table, I asked Jan (being the token Brit) if he noticed a difference in our accents and he did.  According to him, I have a more American accent while he couldn’t really place hers.  *shrugs*

Oh, and he’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 floor…and no we didn’t join in.  I think we’d like to though, a little later.  Anyway, after Watsons we just walked around and then headed out.

  We stopped at a market, then went back to the Mall to the supermarket for some chocolate and cola.  Then we called it a night.

Yup, I’m finally getting out and seeing Beijing.  Now to think about next Monday.  J

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Imperial Vault of Heaven
Imperial Vault of Heaven
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