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Dancing on thin ice 薄冰起舞 Bó bīng qî wŭ

Day 7  Ming City Wall Ruins – Chongmenwen Dong Dajie

image of Ming City Wall Ruins Beijing

Looking towards the great Arrow Tower Ming City Wall Ruins Beijing

I chose to take an afternoon sabbatical along this surviving piece of the Ming City Wall – only a small section remains as it was reduced to rubble in the 1950s to build new roads and generally tidy up – you know how ‘those‘ we shall refrain from mentioning – like to delegate and get rid of all that old stuff – that being extremely old – anyway, it now is part of a beautiful park with trees and yes! I did spot 4 birds – birds are somewhat rare in the environs of this city. The park runs from the former site of Chongwen Men (gate) one of the nine gates of the inner city wall to the Southeast Watch Tower. The restored section runs for about 2 kms and reaches heights of some 15m and some mighty fine buttresses (dun tai).  Apparently, you can see bullet holes in the brick work, possibly from the Boxer Uprising. The gardens were well kept and workmen were furiously digging up the dry soil around the roses.  Beijingers were busy walking with their pooches of all varieties which I found rather amusing – even a child with white rabbit – all the while I was thinking that if in doubt they would all taste delightful barbecued with a piquant plum sauce washed down with bai jiu – home-made rocket fuel – sorry! English sense of humour – I digress…  The Great Arrow Tower is something to be seen and I thoroughly enjoyed my saunter through this beautiful relaxing park.

As I was leaving I thought I saw a ball of fire in the grey/yellow Beijing fog – good grief, its the first time I have glimpsed the sun since arrival – it flitted into view fleetingly and was gone!

sunset in Beijing

Sunset by Ming City Wall ruins Beijing

Note popular way of displaying that it is jolly hot in Beijing!



Part of an old Buttress at the Ming Wall City Ruins


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Sunset Beijing



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