Tiananmen Square is the large, 108 acre area in front of the iconic Tiananmen Gate with the picture of Mao on it. This is the political heart of China. Chairman Mao's mausoleum is here, the Chinese ruling body meets here, and it was from the gate that Mao declared the new People's Republic of China in 1949.
Lunch was at a typical restaurant where the eight of us shared about 6-8 dishes of food. Several of the members in our group don't eat much Chinese food, but Jim and I are quite adventurous eaters. One of the dishes was lamb and cumin--a favorite of ours that we usually order for our Chinese New Year celebration every year.
Hubert, our guide, is a real history buff and gives a running commentary on all aspects of history, including the nuances of modern politics. We are learning so much!
Our reward for our 5 miles of walking was a real treat--a Chinese foot massage. You soak your feet in very hot water while the therapist massages your neck, scalp and back. Lying back, they work on each foot for about 20 minutes, then with small hammers, hit the feet and calves. It sounds painful, but actually felt wonderful. I'm bringing one of the those giggling young Chinese women back with me to have one every day!!
We were all quite exhausted but only had an hour before getting on our coach once again for trip to the Red Theatre way downtown. Saw a Kung Fu show which was very well done, but quite touristy. Lots more "big noses" here, also tons of school groups from all over the world.
Fell into bed for some rest before climbing the Great Wall of China (again!) tomorrow.