TIENANMEN SQUARE RECAPTURED

Oil, 24 x 30 inch Tiananman Square

One summer, after our son had spent his first teaching year in China,
we decided “this is our time to go, because we don’t know
if we will ever get this chance again.”
This was some time ago. We spent a week in 4 cities on the mainland.
I kept saying, “All I wish is to see Tiananmen square.”

We spent the last 3 days of our week in China in Beijing.
Hubs and son visited the Big Wall, while I painted in the street,
we visited the Forbidden City (buildings of previous monarchs),
ate the famous Peking duck, and hotpot. All great tourist
places, but I still had not seen Tiananmen Square!

The very last day we stopped at an open-air market
to buy gifts for our family. Then a sudden rainstorm broke
out, and we ran across a large square to the restaurant
to the other side, and ate hot pot (One dumps thin slices
of meat or vegetables, one by one in a pot
with hot bouillon and spices – delicious). After coming out
of the restaurant, we discovered that big square

was Tiananmen square! The cheerful view of
all these umbrellas on this square belies the sobering fact
that once so much innocent blood of students was spilled.
As a memorial, I had to paint this capture after we
came back, with our son in foreground
The lives that were lost deserve it.

Driving along the freeway in Dallas –
judging from the other high
rises, this one looks higher.
Sorry, no idea which company it represents.
One Word Sun – high

Unusual color for the heart of the flower
Garden Affair, FOTD, floral Fri Foto

Waiting for coffee with a striped background.
If you wonder who these people are,
my daughter (strap on shoulder) with her two teens,
and hubs.
Makro-Tex: striped

Wordless Wednesday
Der Natur Donnerstag



A great reflection in the canal and a sky full of clouds
Weekend Reflection, Sky Watch

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24 thoughts on “TIENANMEN SQUARE RECAPTURED

  1. Es ist lange her, dass ich in China war, aber eine Po Suppe esse ich heute noch viel uns gerne. Das gemalte Regenbild gefällt mir sehr gut.
    L G Pia

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    1. Thank you Pia for visiting! I commend you for making hot pot yourself (am assuming the Chinese restaurant does not make it?). It’s a great dish! Happy you like the painting too.

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    1. Dear Elke, sorry, those ads are a thorn in my side too, but I don’t have the funds right now to support a .com (that’s the only way not to have these ads, as far as I know) – all my money goes to painting, lol!

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    1. Yes, just standing t that square, brings one back to the sad memories of history. Glad you liked the sky watch pic – I just increased the color a little.

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  2. The Tiananmen Square painting is quite poignant. I was there in June 2009, just a couple of days removed from the 20th anniversary. There was no sign of what happened in the square whatsoever, just people going about their daily lives.

    I also really like that building in Dallas – unique and modern.

    Not sure what may have happened with the link – hopefully, it works this time 🙂

    https://catsynth.com/2022/09/wordless-wednesday-old-state-highway/

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    1. Thank you for the link, Amanda:) Seeing it from the Chinese (government) standpoint, they probably rather forget about that date! From that event I take away that in Communistic countries immediate obedience goes before one’s life’.

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      1. Back at that time (2008, 2009, 2010) things were actually pretty open and free in the cities…as long as you didn’t criticize or insult the government (so the Tiananmen Square massacre was definitely off limits). It’s gotten much more sinister and oppressive in recent years under Xi Jinping (as relayed by Chinese and Chinese-American friends).

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  3. There are several “hearty” flowers which are indeed green – like chrysantheums; cabbages and cauliflower. And, yes, hellebore and hibiscus.

    What a moment to see THE SQUARE.

    I still have not seen it.

    [and then I have the song running in my head from a band called the Expression who sang – “Here we go dancing in Red Square” – that of course is Moscow/Moskva – or even Saint Petersburg].

    Virtually I had the opportunity in 2008 or 2009 to see the Forbidden City through a Beijing website.

    [and my favourite thing about that visit was the fighting crickets!]

    [one can also consume said crickets – and dead/dried seafood]

    And I learnt that the city was transliterated as Piching from my books of the early 1940s. Christina Stead’s biography by Hazel Rowley is the source.

    Waving to Daughter and Hubs.

    Yes – too much blood was spilt.

    “May a thousand scholars bloom” – that was not the case 4 June 1989 – and so particularly grievious in a nation and empires that have honoured scholars.

    [See Confucian thinking and Taoist thinking – even the Buddhists seem to get it – but forty years previous there had been a Cultural Revolution in China – 1959].

    Hope someone who knows Dallas and Fort Worth and their history of architecture and business will be able to identity-kit the building and its company.

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    1. The Forbidden City is worth a real trip – beautiful and impressive architecture, and other worthy sightseeing tours in Beijing as well. Hop you will be able to do that at some point. Thanks for visiting me!

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    1. Hello Joyful – I don’t know travel to China is possible at this point (probably need to be vaccinated, and wearing a mask!) How the world has changed in a decade!

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  4. I like the painting. Looks like there was a blood bath. Which there was. I like the minimalist approach on the last photo too.

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  5. Great painting of the square. We talk about not forgetting this and that, Tiananmen Square is that the top of the list.

    That building in Dallas has been there for quite a while. When I lived in the city it was a restaurant.

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    1. Oh, I am glad you know that high rise building! In my opinion, the Tiananmen Square incident has for me a similar feeling as 9/11 (but I know the Chinese government probably has a different opinion about it)

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