These are right next to each other. Tiananmen Square is the Chinese equivalent of Woodstock, with people taking pictures of each other against well-known scenery. The Forbidden City was madness -- there are people crowding around, and many things are badly lit. Since I wasn't there to do a documentary, and I thought it better to look at things without the camera, and to buy postcards for the lonely nights at home.
From Tiananmen Square. The portrait over the entrance is Mao. The fog is real.
|The Museum and Friendship Store|
Like Lenin and Sukhbaatar, he was away at the spa.
|Heroic scuplture outside the Mao-soleum|
|Historical inevitability, as seen from the side|
|The Honor Guard's Washing
Outside the front gate of the Forbidden City
|Building just inside the Forbidden City|
|The Dragon Gate
There are 9 dragons, and the gate is much too wide to photograph. This is for texture. I started to photograph the sections so I could put it together, but there was a lady selling photographs that had been put together. It was a bargain.
|The front of one of the halls
Again, for texture