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The Forbidden City – May 20

May 22, 2012

Must mention that it is so very rare when we see a dog here and it is so refreshing to not see dog poop everywhere like back home, which of course is so disgusting. I always joking say to any dog I see, “Enjoy your days… they may be limited, ” as we all know that they do eat dog here and maybe we have even eaten it..who knows!!? We have seen very few cats as well. Today was an amazing day! Tiananmen Square is huge.. apparently the third largest public square in the world. It was beautiful there and lots of people visiting and like everywhere else we have visited on our trip, it was absolutely immaculate. Not one bit of litter to be seen, as there are cleaners working non-stop to sweep and pick up. After completely walking around the square, we want to The Forbidden City which is just across the street. The Forbidden City was home to 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasty. In ancient times the Emperor was said to be a son of Heaven and his residence on earth was a replica of the palace where God was thought to live in Heaven. Such a divine place was forbidden to ordinary people and that is how it got its name. It is massive; covering 178 acres and absoultely incredible to see. 1000s of people everywhere inside but it is so huge the crowds were not an issue. We spent the whole afternoon until closing at 5 pm there and enjoyed it so much. Something to see to believe. I just cannot imagine what life was like living there in ancient times. I picked up something every special for my grandchildren Sean, Siobhan, Isabelle and Emmett  at the Forbidden City which I am excited to share with them. Tiananmen Square is known as The Gate of Heavenly Peace. Sad to think of the massacre that took place there and something that is not talked about here! About 5:45 pm we noticed people lining up aroung the huge flagpole on Tiananmen Square so we decided to join the crowd, which became immense just before sundown when the flag lowering ceremony took place. I said to Trevor I cannot believe we are here and experiencing all of this! It was an incredible feeling. Then we hightailed it to the metro and home to the area where our CS host lives and enjoyed Chinese food for supper in a local restaurant. What a great day!

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2 Comments
  1. Lynn Guthrie permalink

    Hi Kathy and Trevor: You are having a fabulous holiday!! We love to read your stories and see your pictures. Take care. Love Lynn

  2. M. Hurley permalink

    I love reading all about your adventures. I would love to see the places like Forbidden City and Tianamen Square. The great wall should be amazing as well.

    Glad all your hosts have been good to you.

    Marg and Greg

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