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Half Day Forbidden City Tour - Great Feeling

It was easy to see why the airport in Beijing was rated one of the top in the world. It was enormous and beautiful, and customs was a breeze. While arriving at the airport, I saw our driver holding a big sign with my name. And on the way to our hotel, the driver act as our tour guide and told us a lot of the famous attractions in Beijing. Our hotel was ultra modern and trendy. We could have gone with a traditional Chinese hotel in a hutong, but figured we would have enough of traditional when winging accommodation during the rest of our trip.

Red Wall, Golden Glazed Tile

Since the first time to Beijing, first we choose a half day tour to Forbidden City, the symbol attraction in Beijing. But it is so large that after the half day walking, I felt my legs very tired. There are many gates you have to go through before you get to the actual entrance to the Palace are beautiful and the walls are flipping massive and very red. You're outside all the time for this particular attraction so we did 3 hours of looking around but regretably didn't climb the man made hill at the rear of the palace which had a temple and a view of the entire 'city'. I know it sounds weird but I really liked the steps leading up to the buildings, often there were two or three tiers and some had stone carved slabs of rock going the whole height of them and were covered with intricate carvings. The drain holes coming out from the steps were tens of enormous stone dragon heads and I could imagine if it rained there would be so many jets of water shooting out from their mouths. Although we just have a half day brief view, we are deeply moved by its large scale and the strong atmosphere of imperial power in ancient times.

On the way back, the tour guide told us that the bars along Houhai are very unique. That's wonderful. And at night we went there to experience the nightlife of Beijing. Different from my opinion, the bars here are not noisy instead they are quiet with the beautiful night scenery of Houhai. And we enjoy a comfortable nigh here.