We had a hell of a time FINDING Tianmen Square.
Why? Because we exited at the wrong entrance at the subway station and ended up on this side, looking at these buildings.
We ended up across the street, blocked into a little island of fences and gates.
In that area, there was another tunnel or section to go somewhere else. We had no idea what it was, but soon realized it wasn’t to go towards the Square.
To get to the other side, we realize we had to go back into the station, possibly go through security scans again and cross to the other side, where we had to go through another security check.
Annoying, but seeing as there was a revolution in the square, I can see why they do it.
Then to get to the other side with Mao Zedong’s picture, which is the entrance to The Forbidden City, we had to use yet another underpass with more police officers and security checks.
You can also see people waiting around to pick up plastic bottles to squash down and resell for money.
It’s “easy” cash for them.
There are walkways and doors to get to the Forbidden City underneath Mao’s picture.
That building with Mao’s picture on there leads you to the entrance to the Forbidden City.
From there, we paid admission to get through to the Forbidden City.