Day 2: Tiananmen Square, Jingshan Park & Forbidden City

Today was a big day of exploring many of the great landmarks in Beijing. The team enjoyed their first breakfast in the country as they prepared for more than 2 hours of walking.

The morning walk through Tiananmen Square which was built on the orders of Mao Zedong and is said to have the capacity to hold over 1 million people. The square has often been used as a forum for popular dissent, including the infamous Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989.

We also visited the Planning Exhibition Hall, located just at to the east of Tiananmen Square to view a miniature model of the city which shows the long history of the immortal city of Beijing. There is also a multimedia exhibit depicting the history, present situation and future of urban planning in Beijing.

We then continued on to the splendid Forbidden City, passing under the famous portrait of Mao as we enter through the mam’ gate. The imperial Forbidden City was the sacred centre of the empire for 500 years and home to the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Now known as the Palace Museum, it is to the north of Tiananmen Square. Rectangular in shape, it is the world’s largest palace complex which covers 74 hectares.

Everyone sit after dinner in the evening and give their own parts of the day that were great, funny or other as well as one thing that they have learnt during the day. It is a fantastic highlight of all Senior Camps excursions and overseas travel.