Tiananmen Square & Beihai Park

Yesterday we went to Tiananmen Square, and even without the horrific historical context this trip was enough to put anyone on edge; the place was crawling with security, guards patrolling, bag and body scans at each entrance and an air to the place that made us both uneasy to just be there; like us, and the hundreds of other selfie taking, wandering tourists were not welcome. Needless to say we soon left to explore more accepting, positive places.

Just behind Tiananmen Square is Beihai park, complete with temple buildings, a long corridor and a frozen lake:

Inside the park is the Pavilion of Ancient Works; a crescent moon shaped structure containing 495 stones with inscriptions of ancient calligraphic art:

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