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Pakistan Media delegation visits Tiananmen Square, Great Wall

Date : 07-07-2011
By : Muhammad Arif
Pakistan Media delegation visits Tiananmen Square, Great Wall
Beijing, 7 (NS): Pakistan Media delegation visited the Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and Great Wall here on Tuesday as part of media reporting activity for project "China Pakistan River Civilization Tour' aimed at enhancing media exchange between the two friendly countries.

China has preserved their Art and cultural, historic heritage.

The visit is part of large scale reporting activities organized by China Radio International and Pakistani Media organizations on the 60th anniversary of the establishment of Sino-Pak diplomatic relations.

It was amazing as well great learning experience to visit these political, historic and touristic sites for the media delegation. The first site was The Tiananmen Square.

Tiananmen Square

Tiananmen Square is a large Public Square in Beijing, the capital of the People’s Republic of China. The square, named for its Gate of Heavenly Peace (Tiananmen), contains the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the museum of history and revolution, and the Chairman Mao Zedong Memorial Hall. It is an icon of great political, historic and cultural significance.

It is also the largest city square in the world (440,000 m² - 880m by 500m). Following the vision of Mao Zedong, the founding leader of PRC, to make the square the largest and most spectacular in the world, it can hold over 500,000 people.

The Forbidden City

The second site the delegation visited was The Forbidden City.

The Forbidden City, also named Palace Museum, is the most magnificent and splendid palace complex in China and one of the five world-famous palaces with the Palace of Versailles in France, Buckingham Palace in England, the White House in the U.S. and the Kremlin in Russia.

The Forbidden City, situated in the very heart of Beijing. For almost five hundred years, it served as the home of 24 emperors of the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) Dynasties and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government.
The construction of the grand palace started in the fourth year of Emperor Yongle of the Ming Dynasty (1406), and ended in 1420. In ancient times, the emperor claimed to be the son of Heaven, and therefore Heaven’s supreme power was bestowed upon him. The emperors’ residence on earth was built as a replica of the Purple Palace where God was thought to live in Heaven. Such a divine place was certainly forbidden to ordinary people and that is why the Forbidden City is so named.

The Forbidden City covers an area of about 72 hectares (178 acres) with a total floor space of approximately 150,000 square meters (1,600,000 square feet). It consists of 90 palaces and courtyards, 980 buildings and 8,704 rooms.

To represent the supreme power of the emperor given from God, and the place where he lived being the center of the world, all the gates, palace and other structures of the Forbidden City were arranged about the south-north central axis of Beijing.

For security the Forbidden City is enclosed by a 10 meter high city wall, which has a circumference of 3, 430 meters. At each corner of the Forbidden City, there stands a magnificent watchtower, which was heavily guarded in the past. Around the city there is a moat as the first line of defense.
The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.

The Great Wall

As one of the 7 wonders of this world, the Great Wall is now the top famous historical sites and tourist attractions in China. Millions of tourists from around the world come to visit this great structure in and outside of Beijing each year.

The Great Wall of China, the most significant structure in the world, is the symbol of Chinese nation. Since the first built in Qin dynasty over 2000 years ago and many reconstructions during the history, the Great Wall had been playing important roles in defense of China over northern enemies.

Locals like to call this structure as Wan Li Changcheng in Chinese language which means the Great Wall of 10,000 Li (one Li equals to half kilometers). Built with stone and block on the top of mountains, the Great Wall of China symbolizes the wisdom and power of Chinese people.

he Great Wall at Badaling was built in the 18th year (1505) of the reign of Hong Zhi, an emperor of the Ming Dynasty (1368 - 1644). Badaling is the section that has been open to the public the longest (since 1957).

The wall is on average 7.8 meters (26 ft) tall and 5.7 meters (19 ft) wide, which allows five horses to gallop abreast and ten people to go shoulder to shoulder.

The most comprehensive archaeological survey, using advanced technologies, has concluded that the entire Great Wall, with all of its branches, stretches for 8,851.8 km (5,500.3 mi). This is made up of 6,259.6 km (3,889.5 mi) sections of actual wall, 359.7 km (223.5 mi) of trenches and 2,232.5 km (1,387.2 mi) of natural defensive barriers such as hills and rivers.
The Great Wall stretches from Shanhaiguan in the east, to Lop Lake in the west, along an arc that roughly delineates the southern edge of Inner Mongolia.

These amazing sites of China showcasing its diverse cultural heritage and political wisdom, harmonious way of life have attracted thousands of visitors around the world. Every site speaks of the immense genius potential of the old and new China.


Comments

Indeed Chinese people have got a lot of respect, love and affection for Pakistani people and we too feel the same way for Chinese people. We have been taught about all this love and affection in our schools and colleges. We still cherish this ideal to be a corner stone for everlasting brotherhood between our two countries. I have shared my feelings
By : Muhammad Nasir, Date : 31-03-2013


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