The Forbidden City
Saturday 16th July
When we woke up at 8am it felt like it was 3am — that's what
happens when the hotel room has no window. The hotel breakfast was ok,
except that the only drink was hot milk — surely not normal even
in northern China! There were lots of bicycles and three-wheelers
outside the hotel but few cars.
There were huge crowds in the Forbidden City, almost all of them
Chinese, and I wonder if the weekend isn't the best time to visit.
Inside everything is monumental, with courtyards and gateways and
pavilions and statues. There was building work in progress and some
areas weren't open to the public.
The park at the northern end was probably the nicest section of the City.
Having left the Forbidden City, we walked around it to the west.
We noticed a little eatery on the other side of the road, and the
people there called out to us, so we went over and had lunch. 60 yuan
got us stir-fried vegies and chicken with rice — excellent food,
as pretty much everything we ate in Beijing was.
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