Faces of Beijing
Security staff are present in almost every corner, open space and in railway stations. I view this as the Government being conscious of emphasising on public safety, doing much about this matter and projecting a seriousness about social order.
Bags of would be passengers are scanned on monitoring machines when you enter railway stations in the Beijing area - and you are more likely to be bodily checked as well.
|The symbol of protection against evil spirits and negative forces, the iconic stone lion appears in various colours, styles and appearances in front as pairs, one on the right and the other on the left, at various key buildings and sites. Shown above is at the Summer Palace outside Beijing.|
Always standing with an open aggressive countenance, they have a rectangular base adorned with various meaningful carved motifs. Those around the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace reflect mostly Ming and Qing Dynasty cultural echoes,. You would not find these lions at the Great Wall at Mu Tian Yu.