Sightseeing in Beijing
By Brenda Tremblay ~ Posted Tue, 07/15/2008 - 10:56am
Today, we were tourists. We passed through the Forbidden City, the imperial palace of 9,999 rooms. We ascended the steps of the Temple of Heaven. Kites fluttered overhead. Azure-winged magpies shrieked from cypress trees. Hazy sun shone all day. Some of us are pink and peeling. One singer sank into a wheelchair, exhausted.
I heard varied reactions to walking through Tiananmen Square, the world's largest public square and the site of a 1989 student demonstration that ended badly. An ROS alto described it as "cold" and "impersonal." A bass said it made him uneasy. Another person said it made her think of visiting Nurenberg, the site of post-WWII political trials.
Alto Katie McNally took a lot of pictures. "I can't believe we're here!" she beamed, looking at Chairman Mao's picture. "I worked for two years on the (trip) committee and I can't believe we're finally
Tomorrow night, we'll sing.