So day one we arrived in Beijing 40 minutes early. Taking a cab was painless but I had read to bring the hotel name and address in Chinese, if we hadn't we wouldn't have found the hotel. We arrived at our hotel Park Plaza around midnight and fell right asleep. We were both awake at 5 the next morning due to people working down the street and the thin windows. After picking up a map of Beijing we left the hotel to walk to the Forbidden City which was about 15 minutes from our hotel. Along the way we picked up some food from a window in a building where we pointed at food and actualy got what we ordered. We still aren't sure what we ate but it was some kind of pastery and a flat bread type thing with some kind of bean sauce. We arrived at the Forbidden City around 9 and promptly had a group of girls want to have their picture taken with us. After locating the ticket counter and picking up audio guides from another counter we went inside. These buildings were huge and very ornate. Many of the buildings were furnished the same with
sitting areas and some decorations. We took our time and were able to visit most of the city except for one side which was closed for some reason with guards blocking all of the enterances. There is a park located at the north entrance of the Forbidden City. To get there we had to go down a flight of stairs, walk through a large tunnel and then walk back up the other side. There is no way anyone could have crossed that street without the tunnel. We climbed to the top of the park to get a view of the Forbidden City. By this time we had walked somewhere around 5 miles and were starving so we started walking towards Tiananmen Square and stopped to eat. We finally made it to the Square by going through another one of those tunnels under the street and taking our pictures by the picture of Mao. I don't think there are any traffic laws in China as people and cars were going where ever they wanted to. A green light on a cross walk doesen't mean you are safe to cross the street it just means you can try to cross the street.
We really were glad that we brought some tissue along with us since there isn't any in the bathrooms. Also learning to squat to go to the bathroom was a challenge in and of itself. We were exhausted and went back to the hotel and fell asleep for 5 hours missing dinner. Good thing McDonalds is open all night long! We stopped to get a foot massage at midnight on the way back to the hotel $40 for both of us for 1 hour. We just got to a place with working internet so I will write more tomorrow.