Forbidden City

Trip Start Jul 27, 2008
Trip End Aug 27, 2008

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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

After working on the Women's Marathon on Sunday, I was done early enough to go to see the Forbidden City, which is the center of Beijing and the castle/residence of the last 500+ years of Chinese emperors. It was truly magnificent and vast. I wasn't able to see all of it but I saw a lot of the main areas. What was interesting was seeing the National Treasury area, which wanted an additional admission. I don't know if I mentioned it, but I am essentially a VIP in this huge city. Just having my ID is enough to get into all of the national historical sites, museums and the subways, and buses are free as well. I was able to get into the treasury area free as well, and they had stopped letting people into the area as well. They saw my pass and opened the door! It was beautiful, tranquil and intimate. Gardens, couryards and a royal theater were inside. Had a lovely time, but once they start to close up they are merciless. Thousands of people still in the palace, and the toilets are locked shut before the museum is even closed. I made a fuss about it, and several people stopped and stared. I jestured that I needed to pee and they were saying sorry. So I jestured that I would piss on the ground and everybody got shocked and I made the peeing sound "pssssssssss" as I waved my hands around like a golfer with an invisible golf club. Then everybody started laughing and I laughed too as I walked away. Doing the pointing my finger at my head and making the crazy gesture and pointing at the toilet. VERY EXCITING
On the whole a great and exhausting day.
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