If St. Mark’s Square is the “Living Room” of Venice, then Tienanmen Square is the living room of Beijing. Security is very tight, as evidenced by the hundreds of surveillance camera and dozens of police men & soldiers. I was there 10 years ago and it was wonderful in the evening, with people flying kites and just hanging out. Because this visit was two weeks after the 22nd anniversary of the “incident” the square was closed at night. Too bad. But it was fun to people-watch during the day.
We spent about 3 hours sitting in various places in the square just watching (and photographing) people. Lots of interesting candid shot opportunities. I blasted off 643 shots that day.