Beijing in Pictures: Tienanmen Square/Forbidden City

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The long-necked crane symbolizes longevity.

Photo-junkies take note: if you’re looking for a great place to practice your shooting skills, book a flight to Beijing and don’t forget to bring your flash. Equal parts human bee hive and ancient museum, Beijing is basically one big photo opportunity waiting to happen. Everywhere you turn there’s something capture: beautiful architecture, vibrant colors, amazing people, and don’t forget a whole heap of picture-perfect temples. Here are a few – ok a lot – of my favorite shots I got along the way.

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Here’s a shot of my friend and fellow shutterbug, Lisa, standing in Tienanmen Square. The square covers 100 acres of real estate smack dab in the center of Beijing and is currently the largest urban square in the world. The name “Tienanmen” literally translates into the “The Gate of Heavenly Peace” which is a little ironic when you consider what happened there in 1989.

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A massive portrait of Mao Zedong, who according to our tour guide, is “China’s version of George Washington,” hangs above the entrance to the Forbidden City.

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One of the many gates within the city’s outer walls.

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These large pots were once used to store water in case a fire broke out within the city walls. According to our guide they used to be completely covered in gold, but English and French soldiers stripped them clean during the Opium Wars.

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A gold-covered door on one of the City’s 980 buildings.

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Not sure what this was exactly, but it was in the garden area of the Forbidden City and it looked pretty dang sweet.

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This door is over 600 years old.

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It was cold, really cold. The moat surrounding the Forbidden City was frozen solid.

Ok, that’s all for now. More coming soon.

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