Hai Ba Intl Hotel HMCC Gold
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... center of Chinese government for almost 500 years and was off limits to the people, thus the name - the Forbidden City. There are almost 1,000 buildings in the complex. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987 and UNESCO lists it as the largest collection of preserved ancient wood structures in the world.
After lunch at a local restaurant, we headed an hour out of town to the Summer Palace, known ...
... Afterwards we headed to the forbidden city. In the past, the emperor was paranoid about being killed so only himself, the Empresses and his concubines were allowed in the complex which measures circa 1sq km. The buildings have been partly renovated which seems a shame as it doesn't look as old as it actually is nor does it look new and impressive. It kinda of felt a little fake - so I did not particularly enjoy it here.
Being the second day of the tour we started ...
... Just as we reached the final tower a heavy rain shower hit, which further cooled the air and reminded me what it was actually like to not be hot. We sheltered in the tower while it passed, more to protect the camera than anything else, and then set out to retrace our steps back to the chair lift station before forging on further westwards in search of new sights. The closer we got to the cable car station the busier it got, which meant it was harder to take landscape ...
... staff. There is also a second tour doctor on board who looks after half of the passengers who booked through a different organisation. Then there are a number of travelling medical specialists onboard that we could consult should the need arise. So between us we should be fine and be able to enjoy the touristy bits. I’ll also be helping out the very experienced tour leaders with simple operational tasks. The first step before the start of the tour was ...
... main stadium, and The Water Cube where swimming events were held).
We arrived back at the hostel at 4pm and I caught up on photo labeling and I was ready to put my feet up for a few minutes..
A short walk to the local 7/11 for snacks and I was ready for an evening of uploading photos and catching up on e-mails, and writing another diary entry.
Tomorrow I hope to head to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.