I went to the Bird’s Nest for the first time, and it was to see Wang LeeHom 王力宏. For the ones who do not know who he is, Wang LeeHom is a FAMOUS pop singer in Asia. He was actually the first pop artist to sing at the Bird’s Nest, which was designed for use throughout the 2008 Olympics. The National Stadium has a capacity to fit 80,000+ people and it was packed!
On a beautiful, sunny, blue sky day we visited Tiāntán, the Temple of Heaven. The temple is a prime example of Chinese religious architecture, this is where Emperors of the Qing and Ming dynasties performed annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. The Construction began in the early 15th century under Yongle, who is known as the “architect of Beijing.” Shaped like a semicircle on the northern rim to represent heaven and square on the south for the earth, the grounds were once believed to be the meeting point of the two. So many Chinese believed for so long that this was the center of the world.
There is a famous saying in China, “You are not a hero until you climb the Great Wall,” and I’ve conquered the Great Wall so I am a hero! This site is even nicer than I thought. It was a nice clear day when I went, the only bad thing was the cold wind. I was freezing up there, but walking and climbing lots of steps help you keep warm. Continue Reading