Wednesday, 11 April 2012

China Visit - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, The Summer Palace, Olympic Stadium

Monday April 2nd.
Today was a full day of visiting Beijing and China's most famous attractions. After a McBreakfast we strolled across the vast expanse of Tiananmen Square. This is where Mao's tomb is so it is regarded as a special place, so when we broke into a rendition of The Fields Of Athenry and tried to unfurl our banner, we were swiftly silenced and moved along. As we approached The Forbidden City we noticed large crowds gathering, it was festival time, so large groups had the same idea as ourselves and were on the tourist trail.
Nancy our guide took charge and we moved effortlessly through the five gates that brought us deep into the Forbidden City. We marvelled and wondered at what it must have been like in time of the emperors.
After lunch we headed to The Summer Palace, again a wonderful spectacle with incredible Chinese  architecture and colour.
From here we went to visit the site of the Olympics, The Birds Nest and The Cube. Impressive structures indeed. Some of us went for a swim in The Cube, which has 3 pools and a water park.
Peking Duck was on the menu for evening meal and that was awesome indeed, no end of the duck was not used , as they chefs carved it up in front of us, Final stop of the day was at Carrefour Supermarket to top up on vital supplies.

 Forbidden City.

 Little Pink Hats
The Ladies.
Bolt Lightning.

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