100s of Photos Documenting a 6-week tour of
Malaysia ~ Singapore ~ Thailand ~ China
Section II: China
Photos by Bill and Sue-On
Captions by Sue-On (expanded from our FaceBook pages)
Gallery 12:
Tiananmen Square II

Monument to the People's Heroes and Mao Zedong Mausoleum at background center,
the National Museum of China to the left and Great Hall of the People to the right.
 Later in the day, the barricades were taken down and 
people were once again allowed on the Square. 
Our tour guide took us back so we could take better pictures of the buildings.
This ten-story obelisk is a national Monument to the People's Heroes,
to commemorate the revolutionary martyrs during the 19th and 20th centuries.
 Great Hall of the People: 
This is where the National People's Congress is held, 
where state leaders hold diplomatic meetings, 
and the masses stage political activities. 
On the day of our visit, dignitaries were being greeted; 
thus the beautiful floral arrangements, flags, and barricades.
 There are two sets of revolutionary sculptures in front of Mao's mausoleum,
depicting peasants, soldiers, workers.
 Mao's Mausoleum: 
Construction began in 1976, after Mao's death, and was completed in 1977.
People line up for hours to have a glimpse of Mao's remains, 
which are displayed in a crystal casket.
It is raised from a freezer for viewing during the day and then lowered again at night. 
There are five parts to this building: 
the Courtyard, the Memorial Hall, the North Hall, the Viewing Hall, and the South Hall.
 A full view of Mao's mausoleum.
 Behind the mausoleum, gift shops?!
 Bill with his special Chinese Red Star cap by the Monument to the People's Heroes. 
The base of the monument is made up of two layers. 
The upper smaller one is carved with a pattern of eight garlands 
made up of peony, lotus, chrysanthemum and other flowers. 
The larger one is beset with ten white marble bas-relief, 
eight of which reflect revolutionary events in China's modern history.
 The Great Hall of the People: 
centre is the Great Auditorium and the Central Hall. 
It seats 10,000 people. 
The northern section is the State Banquet Hall which seats 5000, 
and the Salute State Guest Hall. 
The southern part is the administrative building of the Standing Committee.
 Remember when President Nixon made 
the first visit by an American president to Beijing? 
He was served Peking Duck at this banquet hall. 
The duck became famous world-wide!
 These were very impressive floral arrangements.
 This is one of two huge video screens on the Square. 
They were a popular attraction during the Olympics 
and are probably used to good effect during National Day parades.
 At the end of our tour of Tiananmen Square, 
we headed for Tiananmen Tower, Gate of Heavenly Peace, 
entrance to the Forbidden City.


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