Today in Beijing: Tiananmen Square

Today while the students are at Forbidden City, I went across the (very large) street to Tiananmen Square. Here are two of the moments I saw today.
tiananmen gardenA guard waits—not so patiently—as a woman and child pose for a photo in Tiananmen Square. They had crossed over into the restricted area. The building in the background is the entrance to the Forbidden City.
tiananmen couplePosing for a photo outside the Forbidden City, even in Beijing this couple looks out of place. I’m assuming they are from a more rural region of China, but this is only an assumption.
tiananmen guardsI read somewhere that military jobs are coveted in China. I think these are official guards of some sort, not just rent-a-cops. By the way, they do not carry guns here.

The Chinese shun excess sun, so you'll see them carrying umbrellas on sunny days. This shot would have been better with my long lens, but my back is sore (from climbing the Great Wall yesterday) and I didn't want to carry extra weight.

The Chinese shun excess sun, so you’ll see them carrying umbrellas on sunny days. This shot would have been better with my long lens, but my back is sore (from climbing the Great Wall yesterday) and I didn’t want to carry extra weight.

tiananmen flower displayThis huge centerpiece is in the middle of Tiananmen Square. It might be in celebration of China’s National Day, a three-day holiday which falls on Oct. 1.

Today’s photos seem very stiff and not a good representation of the Chinese people. Come back later for some of the photos from the Great Wall, where people seemed to be more relaxed.

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