Friday, October 28, 2005
Beijing - Day 3
Today was Tianamin square and the Forbidden City. We walked to the square
from our hotel which was quite a bit further than it looked on the map.
We found out the map was not quite to scale!
I guess China is still very protective of the Tianamin square gates.
They wouldn't let us in with anything but a camera. You had to check
your bags at the gate which was a bit creepy. I had left our passports
and paperwork in my backpack since I really didn't want to let them out
of our sight, but it all came back in one piece, thankfully.
The Forbidden City is amazing. And huge. They really cared about harmony
back then! The Hall of Supreme Harmony, The Hall of Preserving Harmony,
etc, etc. And then you have the Gate of Earthly Tranquility, the Palace
of Heavenly Purity, The Hall of Heavenly Peace. They really didn't want
you worrying about anything while you were there! We took the audio tour
which was great. I don't know why anyone would pay $50 a person for a
tour guide when we got a great tour for $25 total and did it at our own
After that Mike dragged me around town looking for food. I think we
walked another 5 miles. My legs are killing me! I have done more hiking
today than I have in a long time.
We had a
bit of excitement when we got back to our room. We couldn't find the
remote to the TV anywhere. We looked all over
the room and finally
called the front desk. (We only get 3 English stations, 2 of which are
news so I'm not sure why we really cared!) Well the hotel sent up someone
to "help us" which meant asking us about it disappearing, then
sent a man who brought a remote, turned on the TV and left with the remote,
then sent a maid to search the room, then sent THREE maids to search
the room and then finally brought us a new remote. We really hadn't been
trying to start a national emergency! We just wanted to watch a little
TV! (The TV wouldn't turn on without the remote or we wouldn't have bothered!)