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... devoid of tourists, albeit from a distance. We had little choice but to go with the flow of people and carry on through the underpass to the Forbidden City, which we had planned to see anyway after the square and Mao's mausoleum. Getting into the Forbidden City was quite a process with security checks, tickets to buy and several of the large outer courtyards to walk through in the process. Eventually we made it to the other side of the main road and the entrance to ...
... biggest being the first with five bridges over it, the middle for the emperor and his wife only on her wedding day, each other bridge allowed certain GPS over. Five dynasties lived there, one emperor had almost a 1000 concubines, whoah! Apparently the number of rooms is about 8000, imagine a baby being born here in the palace and sleeping each night in a different room, he'd be finished at the age of all most 28! The locals either ignored us, gave shy smiles ...
... a small room near the reception desk. We walked to Tiananmen, and had our first experience with Beijing's subway system...which was exactly the same as London's Underground. We took it to the Temple of Heaven, a World Heritage site that is ingrained with Chinese dynasties of the past. Set over a huge area of manicured parkland were several temples and buildings important to the dynasties, built by various emperors back to the 15th century. What was even more interesting than ...
... with many eager assistants looking to make a sale.
After lunch we were guided to the Summer palace to send 1 and a half hours here exploring the gardens/ lake. Quite spectacular.
From here off to an acrobatic show then onto dinner of peking duck.
Back to the hotel around 9 and time to pack ready for the next wakeup call at 6am tomorrow.
Tomorrow we head to Xian, home of the terracotta warriors.
... in sleeping bags on the chairs in the restaurant. It really makes you think what these people do in the day and why they don't have a home to go to. Tuesday ended up being a really great night due to around 6 or 7 interns leaving the following day. It really is hard saying goodbye!
For lunch today my non-english Chinese friend and I had Brazilian - he still won't let me pay and is ...