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Tiananmen Square is the third largest city square in the world. Its 440,000 square metres is home to a huge image of Mao Zedong, China’s great Communist founding father.
It is vast. Vast and the most amazing blue. The sheer size of the lake at Beijing’s Summer Palace was the first thing that struck me.
There is a lot to do in Beijing – especially when, like me, you are only visiting the city as a stop-off on your way to Japan.
The last couple of days have seen Mami and I move away from the hustle and bustle of Tokyo, to explore the much smaller city of Oita.
We’d been saying we’d do it for more than 20 years, but in the end it only took one phone call. “Konnichiwa, let’s go to Japan.”