In July 2002 I was fortunate enough to visit Beijing, China on business. I had the chance to visit many of the wonderful sites of China including the Great Wall, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and Tiananmen Square. It was the first time I had ever ventured outside of the U.S. and it really was a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Today, June 4th 2004, is the 15th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre. I was in high school when it happened in 1989 and I remember the powerful images from television of the man stopping a line of tanks. I'm not here to give a history lesson about the event. There are numerous sites on the internet that already do that, although none of them agree on the number of people killed. I just merely wanted to share the following 360° view of Tiananmen Square at about 5:30am in the morning that I took with my digital camera and pieced together.
This picture was taken on the west side of the Square close to the Great Hall of the Peoples. Here's a website to give you a bird's eye view of the square and help describe all the landmarks.