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.
A 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.
Posing 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.
I 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.
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.