Writing these posts is a lot harder than I thought it would be. I thought I could just bang these out and be done with them right when we came back. Funny thing, though, life got the best of me and my time has been sucked up other places (you know, like watching the Olympics). So, back to China I go to bring you our adventures.
Going into the Forbidden City is quite the task–at least it was on the day we went. Hordes of people trying to squeeze through just a few gates. We took this picture on one of the bridges you cross after you enter the first gate. It’s amazing to think how overwhelmed we were just at this point considering I now know how much more there was to see!
The scale of everything was just so massive. You can also see how overcast (er, smoggy) it was. I was beginning to wonder if I’d ever see the sun again. Although, it was plenty hot enough without it!
This picture is of some dragon water spouts that become fountains when it rains. I thought the kids would appreciate a picture of that.
Every roof was ornamented with little animals. Some were bigger than others but again, I thought the kids would get a kick out of seeing this.
Speaking of roofs, Carl was a bit obsessed with the way the tiles were put on and how everything drained and was constructed. He’s always the engineer.
I took this picture because I loved seeing that building up on the hill in the distance.
Near the back of the Forbidden City is a beautiful garden. After seeing so many huge squares full of paved bricks and big buildings, it was nice to see some gorgeous vegetation even if we couldn’t always get close because of all the people.
This was something I thought was really cool. I knew I wouldn’t remember what it was so I included a picture of the explanation to go along with it. Clever, right?
Looks like I have enough Forbidden City pictures to separate this into even another post! Day 3 Part 3 coming soon…