Saturday, August 17, 2013

Jingshan Park and the Forbidden City

Changpuhe Park in Beijing

A beautiful blue sky showed up one day a couple of weeks ago so we decided to go to Jingshan Park and take pictures of the Forbidden City as the sun was setting.

On our way there we passed through a narrow park along Chang An Ave called Changpuhe Park. I've posted pictures about this park before. Changpuhe Park in Spring
Singles meeting at Changpuhe Park in Beijing

In previous visits I had wondered why the park was so popular. A passerby told us that the park is a singles meeting place for the over 40 or 50 crowd.

About this time a ruckus broke out on the other side of the stream between a woman and a security guard of some sort. She was screaming and had got ahold of the guy's shirt. The guy we were chatting with said it sounded like she was crazy. Some of the bystanders got them separated but not before she ripped his shirt off.

She continued her tirade and was chasing after him as he retreated. No idea what it was all about.

Like everyone else in the park, we stopped to watch the excitement, too.

As we continued on we encountered this group of school kids on an outing.
Hutong near Pudusi in Beijing

This is a section of hutong homes we passed through.
View of Forbidden City from Jingshan Park

This is the view of the Forbidden City from Jingshan Park.

We weren't the only people to think it was a good idea to go up there to take pictures.

There were a lot of people enjoying the day. The temperature was quite pleasant, also.

I thought this was an interesting juxtaposition. The building in the center of the picture is the opera house where the emperor would go to enjoy Peking Opera. Behind it on the horizon is the egg shaped Center for the Performing Arts.

This is at the northeast corner of the Forbidden City. You can see the wall and the moat.
Main halls in the Forbidden City as seen from Jingshan Park

In this shot you can see the series of main buildings down through the center of the Forbidden City

Lots of people getting their picture taken in front of the Forbidden City.

You can dress up in costume, also.

This little girl was really cute, I thought.

This not-so-little girl was getting her picture taken a lot, too. I got jostled a couple of times by other guys wanting to record the spectacle for posterity.

She might have been Chinese but the tats and the British version of the Daisy Dukes are definitely out of character - not to mention the nose stud. High heels on Chinese tourists are more common than you would think.

The folks above were sitting outside the Buddha shrine at the top of the hill.

This is the pagoda at the top of the hill with the Buddha inside.

That's Margot at the fence looking to see where in the heck I am.

She was looking at the miniature trees in front of the hall.

This is a close up of one of them.
Food for sale at Donghuamen Snack Street

We walked back through Donghuamen Street on the way back to the apartment.

The variety of stuff available never ceases to amaze me.

Click to enlarge.

These are fried baozi. There are vegetables or meat inside.

The fruit looked pretty good. Margot and I did split a spiral cut french fry on a stick. It was pretty good.

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