Because my hospital presentations don’t start until today (Tuesday), I was able to do some sightseeing yesterday.
First stop was Tiananmen Square, where highlight included:
Sentries who stand motionless for several hours at a time:
…and beautiful flowers (see this tweet for a panoramic view):
Then we went across the street, where I posed for a picture with Chairman Mao.
The view from above Mao’s photo was spectacular:
After this we went for lunch, where I had the universal beverage:
Because the Forbidden City also was closed on Monday, we instead went to The Heavenly Temple. Here are a few more pictures that show the intricacy and elegance of the buildings:
The Heavenly Centre Stone is interesting in that it is surrounded by a ring of nine stones, which is surrounded by a rings of 18, 27, 36, 45, 54, 63, 72 and 81 stones. Then you take nine steps down to the next level, and the pattern continues.
Finally, I ended the day with my first Hot Pot experience, which I tweeted this morning:
— Lee Aase (@LeeAase) June 14, 2016