Today was our first day in Beijing. First, we went to Tinamin square. It is in front of the Forbidden City. That’s where the guards and walls used to be. Then we went inside the Forbidden City. It had tons of gates. Common people were not allowed through those gates unless had very special permission. The Forbidden City used to be a palace for the emperor. The Forbidden City is HUGE!!!!! It was used between 1400- 1924AD. Then we went to the US embassy. We then talk to the ambassador from the US, John Huntsman and toured the embassy. The embassy was the 2nd biggest US embassy in the world. The first one is Iraq!!! Next we went to the old parts of Beijing called the Hutong district. We rode around in a rickshaw, that is a seat attached to a bike. We saw the homes during the times of the Forbidden City which were courtyard homes for extended families. Then we had Peking duck that was very good. My favorite site so far is the Forbidden City--it was awesome!!