A day FULL of walking – what idiot decides to go to these major tourist attractions when all of China is on holiday? Still, we joined the throngs and only got fed up a couple of times, though we certainly didn’t see all there was to see.
Tanya and Arlo overlooking the Forbidden City. The hill we are standing on is man-made – created when they dug the moat surrounding the Forbidden City below it.Some building in the Forbidden City. Called the Forbidden City because regular people (not royalty) were forbidden to enter it.
Some other building in the Forbidden City. Ok, lets just establish that I have no idea what any of the buildings are in this place. Some were big, some were small, some had intricate designs on them, others were plain. I may have missed out on the complete experience by cruising through so ignorantly, but it was hot and crowded and, well, enough with the excuses…
Roofs in the Forbidden City.
Geoff and Arlo, chilling out in a corner of the Forbidden City that was devoid of other people. A rare find indeed!!
Arlo, freshly fed and changed, chilling out in peace. On the other side of that wall on the left were hundreds of people.
One of the many red and gold doors leading into the Forbidden City.
Internal walls in the Forbidden City.
Geoff and Tanya standing in front of Chairman Mao’s picture at Tian’anmen Square, with thousands of other people.
Soldiers, lining up, ready to do their thing in Tian’anmen Square.
Looking stern in Tian’anmen Square. Actually, he had been asked a question and he was just pondering the answer.