Trip Start Mar 02, 2008
22Trip End Jul 15, 2008
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The hostel was amazing -- we know that this is not a normal hostel situation and that we are being spoiled. Check out the pictures.
That first day we took a bus to the Lama Temple. The Lama Temple was simply beautiful, and full of tons of incredible buddhas. Then we took the subway to the Temple of Heaven -- which was huge. It was like a giant Chinese Central Park, with everyone out enjoying a beautiful Saturday. There were children with kites, a whole section of choir groups practicing, the card-playing section (they all had little bungee cords to hold the cards down in the wind), dancers with flags and wooden clackers, and a section off in a forest area where multiple groups (in close proximity) were practicing the traditional screetchy-string-thingy. Oh, what a mess of noise that was. All in all, a real feel for what a Saturday afternoon looks like to the locals.
Sunday we went to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is massive, and almost all of the old structures are now museums. We spent about 5 hours there and it was an overwhelming amount to try to see in that amount of time. I'm sure I took too many pictures.