TIAN’AN MEN SQUARE AND THE FORBIDDEN CITY AREA

The geographical, spiritual, and historical heart of Beijing, Tian’an Men Square and the Forbidden City together represent a yin and yang arrangement; one is a vast, empty public space, the other is an even larger walled enclosure. One represents modern China, while the other is a silent repository of ancient imperial glories. It is worth setting aside a whole day for each. Afterward, wander around the corner for a look at the National Center for the Performing Arts and a glimpse of the China of the future.

1. Tian’an Men Square

Although now synonymous ...

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