JW Marriott Hotel Beijing
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First day with our fellow travellers and 3 things were confirmed; I'm the youngest, I'm the only one travelling with their mom and there are soooo many Americans. Nothing wrong with any of that, just an observation. Today we walked for over 3 hours through Tiananmen Square, the world's largest square at 100 acres, into the Forbidden City, the world …
Actually, the 13 hour flight was not that bad. A few movies, a few meals, a few sleeps, and you find yourself on the other side of the world. All we've seen of Beijing so far has been from the 1 hour shuttle bus ride to our hotel and it's stunning. Manicurred lawns, clean streets, huge buildings, and none of that annoying non-stop honking of horns …
Once again, after a smooth five hour train ride, Carol, Joerg and I arrive in Beijing. Jim is back in Shanghai or Taiwan or Korea or somewhere in Asia attending to business. Our regular guide, Jason greeted us at the train station and took us to the hotel. We will be heading out early to go to the Wall the next day so we decided to have a quieter …
... so there were definitely a few times when it was a bit squishy squeezing past tour groups.
The Marble Boat was fully restored and looking good. It was made in 1893 using funds embezzled from the navy. It's always cool seeing these things knowing a little about the background because we were looking at it, thinking it was a pretty boat, and great design, but it can't float...so what was the point of it, when Empress Dowager Cixi had so many other places to sit. ...
... first room there was a big seated statue of Mao that we filed past and in the next room was his body lying in a crystal cabinet. He looked a bit plastic with a light shining on his face. The guards hurried everybody along and kept the crowd moving.
We met up with Neville again and moved on to the Forbidden Palace which sits at the north end of the square. It's called the Forbidden City because it was ...