On the first day, we visited Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace.
Tiananmen Square was a little busier then when Sandy had visited it in 2007 - this time it was the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, and it had turned into a major holiday. There were many floats on display in the square (the flower pot below is made out of 100,000 individual flower pots!) There were also estimates that 500,000 people visited the square that day...
We then walked through the Forbidden City, followed by a formal lunch, and then on to the Summer Palace, complete with a marble boat commissioned by one of the emperors.
_Forbidden City from Hotel 0935
_Tianemen Square 0949
_Tianemen Square crowd 0975
_Tianemen Square Flower Basket 0979
_Big Screen 0980
_Forbidden City 0992
_Forbidden City 0997
_Sandy at Forbidden City 1006
_Forbidden City 1014
_Forbidden City 1021
_Forbidden City 1031
_Forbidden City Interior 1041
_Forbidden City Roof Detail 1044
_Lunch Room 1058
_Summer Palace 1062
_Summer Palace 1067
_Summer Palace Marble Boat 1095
_Summer Palace 1097
Category:Travel and Places
Keywords:Beijing, Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square