China. The Great Wall of China is an absolute highlight of every visit to China. But if you don't want to share the wall with hundreds of other visitors, you have to think of something. In my following article you'll find out where and how you can do a hiking tour on the Great Wall of China and almost have the Wall for yourself. And for those of you with a little less time, it's even a day trip from Beijing. The Great Wall of China is especially beautiful at sunrise and sunset.
The Mao Portrait at Tiananmen Square
China. I'm standing at the northern end of Tiananmen Square. Mao hangs diagonally above me. He is watching me. And also all the others who are moving on the square. His gaze shines over the whole northern half of Tiananmen Square and acts like a magnet. Hardly anyone passes the Mao portrait without taking a photo or Selfie. It is the most frequently photographed image of a person. The Mao portrait on Tiananmen Square became a myth and later a branded article of China. It has a long history and I wanted to know what is left of it today. Meet Mao and find out in my following article what to expect at Tiananmen Square and when visiting the Mao Mausoleum.
Visit to the Mao Mausoleum at Tiananmen Square
China. A visit to the Mao Mausoleum at Tiananmen Square is one of the highlights of a stay in Beijing and should definitely be on your to-do list. Many Chinese tourists come here to honour Mao and see his embalmed corpse. The personality cult around Mao is still very much alive here in the Mausoleum. Read more about my impressions of the Mao Mausoleum in my following article.