May 25, 2015,10:30 +0900(JST) IWCC General Assembly and Joint Meeting Held in Beijing (2)
After my business trip to Beijing was all set, others recommended that I bring masks to protect me from PM2.5. In Beijing, however, the weather was unexpectedly very fine. I hear that this was because it had rained just before our arrival, cleansing the air. In the morning of the following day (Sunday), I met one of the event participants from Europe in the hotel lobby. Saying that the air was clean, he jumped to outside to go jogging.
On Sunday, I went to see the Old Palace (Forbidden City). Serving as the location of a wide variety of historic events, this is an imposing structure surrounded with a rampart of about 10 m both in height and thickness, stretching 961 m north to south and 753 m east to west, as well as a 52 m wide moat, which totally overwhelmed me. (photo above)
Another day, I participated in an excursion program as part of the IWCC General Assembly and Joint Meeting, and went to the Great Wall of China. This is again an enormously large structure.
Chinese people in those days had good reason to feel that China was the center of the entire world.