The Heart of Beijing

Beijing is a city of two hearts, both made of stone. First, the Forbidden City, a space actually meant to be visited; built to dehumanise all who passed through its gates into the otherworldly presence of the Son of Heaven. Second is Tiananmen Square, designed to sanctify the ideal of 'The People', but dwarfing actual visitors beneath its many monuments to state power and glory.

Lying between these two is a narrow walkway, tree-lined on one side, with the warm red glow of the palace walls on the other. On benches here, people take time to catch their breath in this city of endless transitions. It is Beijing's true heart - one made of flesh and blood.

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