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... the significance of the architecture. Then for about three hours we explored the Forbidden City, which is considered the middle of Beijing since the city is laid out like a water ripple. Here there were even more people, so I tried to avoid the large crowds.
By this time we were all starving, so we made our way out of the Forbidden City and started walking around, looking for a place to eat. We saw a cluster of restaurants and Andy picked one, which was a great choice! The ...
... Unfortunately I can only do this, and only to a certain extent, in a couple of foreign languages so far, but if there's one thing that I can take away from this trip, it's that I definitely want to extend that ability in the future. Obviously that's not the only thing that I've learnt, and whether or not that lesson was worth spending a huge amount of money on I don't know yet, but I think it's a success of some kind ...
... stalls and restaurants with their bright lights and enticing
smells rounded off our day.
Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City followed the next day. Again, the sheer size of it
all made it brilliant to see, with bold colours and interesting
shapes and details on the temples and palaces. First day of the
national Chinese holiday though, meant it did feel busier but it was
funny seeing crowds of people pushing to take photos...of empty
rooms! The gardens ...
... ham and olive oil. Passable, if underwhelming. The peas were a bit overcooked and there wasn't enough ham, to my taste. Tasty, in any case. The next dish was a platter of jellied pork hock, braised in soy, chilled and sliced. It was served on a salad of arugula, with sliced cherry tomatoes, and these lovely picholine olives. Very tasty! The duck arrived on a metal trolley, pushed by a cook with a tall white hat, wielding a cool rectangular serrated ...
... guests. It was highly ornate and was complete with smoking urns to give the gate that element of mystery! Through the gate was the start of the “outer city”. The city is divided into 3 sections – the entrance, the outer city - where officials were met and government was run, and the inner city where the emperor and his concubines lived. In the outer city was the Hall of Supreme Harmony - where ceremonies were held; the ...