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... home of emperors and their households, as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. The Forbidden City is a rectangle, measuring 3,153 ft from north to south and 2,470 ft from east to west. It consists of 980 surviving buildings with 8,886 bays of rooms. The Forbidden City was designed to be the center of the ancient, walled city of Beijing. It is enclosed in a larger, walled area called the Imperial ...
... The last act made me scared for them. There were 8 guys on motorcycles, riding inside a circular cage! One false move and there would have been quite the traffic jam in there. We had a great time, but we are also excited to get an actual full nights rest. Tomorrow we start our full-day tours! What did I learn? Going off on our own adventure is just as fun as following a tour guide, if not even more fun Number of Chinese photo-ops: ...
... and steps and dents in the stones to help keep the footing stable on the steepest parts. But the views...WOW! It wasn't the clearest day but it was by no means obscured.
The next day, we headed for the Forbidden City, which we entered after crossing through Tiananmen Square. I know the square is famous, but it wasn't exactly awe inspiring. The City, though, was really ...
... set me back $1.25. Then walked right across the street to the Forbidden City which is the original Imperial Palace. There we mingled with more people than I have ever seen in one place. The biggest threat was getting separated from the group and being lost. Many tour groups, school children, Chinese tourists and a small spattering of foreigners. We actually did lose one of the mom's in our group for a period and she was impossible to find in the throngs ...
... cheaper than we had expected! In fact it seemed like quite a few of the people in the Chinese carriages ended
up doing the same.
It really did work out very well for us though as we even ended up with a compartment to ourselves for the entire trip, and the Mongolian carriages were the best we have seen so far, very new, clean and comfortable. The compartments even had a tv screen for each bed! The only downside is that the entire train was ...