Sorry I haven't written in so long. Like I said before, there's just been a lot going on. Anyway, enough of the pity party.
We arrived in Beijing late Thursday night. We all hit the sack as soon as we got there. The next morning we woke up and went to lunch at McDonald's. (I told you it was late when we got in, by the time we got moving, it was too late for breakfast)! Anyway, I'm happy to report that a Big Mac and Fries, even though I SOOO didn't need them, taste the same as at home!
Anyway, that day we went to the Forbidden City. A little background:
The Forbidden City was the Chinese Imperial Palace from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty. It was the home of the Emperor and his household for almost five centuries. It was also the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government. Built from 1406 to 1420 it consists of 980 buildings with 8707 bays of rooms and covers 720,000 square meters. (Wikipedia)
Jason standing in front of one of the buildings.
This is the view from the outside.
Here is the Emperor's Throne.
Ryan and the kids in front of a dragon/turtle.
Andrew in front of some of the buildings.
Andrew and Jason in front of a tree. If you look right above them, it looks like there's a ghost in the tree. It was pretty creepy actually!
We thought this statue was pretty cool.