Our first full day in China we visited the Forbidden City 紫禁城, the home of the emperors and Chinese government. It is absolutely magnificent, 180 acres with almost 1000 buildings! We walked through and covered 10 kilometers in the little we actually saw.
The air quality is bad in Beijing. Many of the locals walk around with face masks and the pollution is visible in the air. This day it was a little overcast at times, but below you can see haze, especially if you look down the waterway.
Asian babies are the CUTEST. I had to visit with every single one I saw since I was missing my own boy. My brother would often come along and speak Chinese because "HI AWWH Hi. HI! Thank you. HI. AWWWH." was the extent of my communication.
The female, Chinese baby B3... so cute!! Parents loved to show off their little ones and ask for a picture with our group. They like the Americans. (You'll notice her pants have a slit at the crotch which was the norm for children, even the ones without diapers. Easy bathroom access.)
Finding a Monster in China is quite a difficult task to do, but Red Bull is readily available. It is NOT carbonated. It tastes like syrup.
I am not sure why Blogger is destroying the quality of my vertical images. But I sure do like my husband. What a hunk.
We also visited the Temple of Heaven, built in 1406. The construction and architecture of these buildings is fantastic.
We thoroughly enjoyed reading the signs throughout the week. Google translation maybe?
We visited a bunch of mausoleums built by the Chinese Ming dynasty emperors, the Ming Tombs.
I tried to narrow down the trip's pictures, which honestly I did pretty well! I still have more that I'll be posting in the near future because China was such an awesome, cultural experience!!
Tomorrow is JUNE which means it's time for a running/blogging streak. Already that time of year.
Have a fabulous day!
Other China posts you might like:
Great Wall Marathon - Inspection Day!
The Great Wall Marathon & Half - #runlikehales
Summer Palace, Olympic Park = China!
The China Experience