An experienced economic development professional, Michael Erin serves as global initiatives manager at Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. In his leisure time, Michael Erin enjoys traveling. He has visited various international destinations, including Beijing.
Visitors to China experience a unique mix of old-world charm and modern comforts. The country’s capital, Beijing, is one of the most frequented destinations, and home to two highly significant landmarks--the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.
Originally built in the 15th century, the Forbidden City is an homage to the Chinese dynasties of old. Throughout its existence, it has been sacked and rebuilt on several occasions. While some of the older remnants remain, a good portion of the current architecture dates to the Qing Dynasty of the 18th century. The 250-acre former palace has more than 9,000 rooms.
In more modern times, Tiananmen Square has been the center of both pride and tragedy for the Chinese. Democratic protests in 1989 were ultimately quelled in the square, and that moment is considered by historians to be one of the most significant in the nation’s history. It’s here that Chairman Mao originally established the People’s Republic of China in 1949 as well. Today, troops perform drills on a regular basis in the square--a place that is still very much indicative of the heart of the city, if not the country.
Michael Erin currently serves as the global initiatives manager for the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance.