22.09.2010 20 °C
We make and early start today to go to the Forbidden City. It is a holiday for the mid autumn festival and everywhere is crowded.
The Forbidden City is spread out over 720,000sqm and to see all of it fully you would need about 3 days. We only spend a few hours here heading towards the opposite end to Jingshan Park.
When the moat was dug out around the Forbidden City the soil was used here to construct a huge hill which is now Jingshan Park. After climbing the many stairs to the top you gat a great view of the roof tops of the Forbidden City and the surrounding areas of Beijing.
We continue to head north to Qianhai Lake and have dinner by the lake in time for the sunset. The area looks very pretty all lit up at night.
On the way back to Tiananmen square have no choice but to use the public toilets which is a squatter, no doors and the partitions are only 3 foot high, you can wave to the person next to you. And of course there is no toilet paper.
Tiannanmen square is very busy as the government of put on a special flower display using many 1000's of potted plants. There is also 2 of the biggest tv screens I have ever seen showing a live telecast of an opera playing at the Beijing theatre. As in every other part of China we have visited quite a few people ask to have their photo taken with us. ( it's the blond hair and blue eyes )
Tomorrow we are off to the great wall!