A Beijing business meeting also afforded a short opportunity to explore the Chinese capital. Our exploration led us to Imperial China, modern China, the mausoleum of Mao-Zedong and the shopping bazaars known as the Pearl Market and the SIlk Market.
Imperial China - the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests at the Temple of Heaven. First built in 1420, and reconstructed in 1751, the Hall is 38 meters high and supported by four wooden pillars that symbolize the four seasons.
Looking south from the Hall of Prayer towards an Imperial gate that leads to the sacrificial altar.
A 2-8-4 steam locomotive on display in the 798 Art Zone - now this style of 'art' is one that an old train-spotter can fully appreciate.
The huge 798 Art Zone, located in the Chaoyang district of northeast Beijing, has been developed within an industrial area recently closed to reduce inner city air pollution. It contains galleries, exhibitions, restaurants and shops.
Ultra-modern China - an exhibit in the 798 Art Zone comprising a large enclosed room filled with sublimating dry ice and illuminated with neon lights. Visibility was about one meter and the carbon-dioxide content of the air dangerously high.
And we paid good money to experience this prize winning artwork!
Much of the ultra-modern art left us cold - no doubt we would be dubbed 'philistines' by some art aficionados. Other modern works were dynamic and appealing. Prices are high!