The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial palace for over 500 years. It consists of 980 buildings with 9,999 bays of rooms. It is very impressive with intricate woodwork and marble. Like Tiananmen Square, it is built in a rectangle. We did a lot of walking and the weather was perfect. We didn't get the rain that was predicted.
We also stopped at a silk factory. It was very interesting watching the process and it was nice to buy something in silk for Megan and Jack.
Had our first experience of a squatty potty. Not easy! Also, most restrooms DO NOT have toilet paper in them so we made sure to take our own. Using plenty of Germ-X too!
Back to the Hotel at 5 pm for a free evening. Tomorrow we go to the Great Wall and a Jade Factory, then an acrobatics show in the evening.
Over to Stephen now to load up the pictures. Warning - picture overload!
|Kitchen in hutong|
|Stretching a layer of silk to add to quilt|
|Where we ate a delicious lunch|
|Our travel group|
|Heading towards the Forbidden City|
|Our wonderful guide, Cindy (holding flag)|