Tiananmen Square Guard
The funny thing is that at times, the square would empty out for a short while, until the next massive wave of tourists poured through.
Tiananmen Square Chinese tourist group in front of large LCD screen
What this resulted in though, was our picture being taken over and over again by the cutest people who would sneak around us..click..click..click and run off. When we posed for a picture, ourselves, they would sneak behind and around us and have their relatives take pictures of them with us. It was quite comical. Cindy fed us some line about Americans being so "interesting" and "exciting" to the people from other provinces…but I think they were just taking our pictures home to show their friends how goofy Americans look.
Tiananmin square, sits at the beginning of the entrance to The Forbidden City. It took us a short while to reach the entrance through more crowds of people. I thought that the Forbidden City was going to be sort of big, but I didn't realize that it actually goes on for building after building after square after square. In fact, it took us two hours to walk through it.
The Forbidden City in Beijing, China
TFC is beautiful and was the place where all the Emperors of China lived over many years (back to the 1500's I think). If I remember correctly, it took 15,000 servants to run TFC and no one was allowed in unless they were invited, not even high officials. Cindy kept proudly telling us about the 3000 concubines that the emperor had and how he would often have to be reminded that there was official business to tend to and for pity sake, leave those concubines alone for a while. If a concubine would act up or displease the emperor, he would have her poisoned.
Inside the Forbidden City in Beijing China
Even though I generally eat with chopsticks (as this is normal in China) I did notice that they are willing to bring you a fork and spoon if needed. As a heads up, it is not normal to receive a napkin while eating a meal in China. I have not figured out how they keep from using them, but if you want one you had better keep a few in your pocket. This is also typical in bathrooms after you wash your hands….there are no paper towels. Some places have hand dryers if you're lucky. How was that for a transition from The Forbidden City to drying your hands in the bathroom?