We started this beautiful day out by heading to the Forbidden City. I could tell you all about the different dynasties that lived there and blah blah blah but do you really care? Basically, all you need to know is that it contains the Imperial Palace and is in the center of Beijing and for almost 500 years it used to be the home of whoever was the emperor at the time. Now, when I say palace you should really think, "large gated city for the emperor and his concubines" because it is HUGE. There are literally 9,999 rooms in it. The Chinese have a thing with 9's. Something about 9 meaning power and greatness. So anyways, our time at the Forbidden City was very frigid. Desiree had icicles on her eyelashes at one point. It's a different kind of cold in China than it is back home. I'm not sure how to explain it, but the cold here really hits your core. The weather has made for an interesting time as tourists, but I'm not complaining.
Okay, so this made me laugh pretty hard. These 2 trees are in the Imperial Garden and it is said that if you stand in front of the intertwining "Loyal Love Trees" you will find a boyfriend or husband soon. Our tour guide made me stand in front of it so that I can find a hot, rich Chinese husband while I'm in town. Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight. I'll get on that.
This is me at the bottom of the wall. So clueless, so unsuspecting. I was completely unaware of what was ahead of me.
This is Desiree and I 30 minutes later, clinging to the railings, praying that by some miracle we make it to the top of this wall. The entire thing is stairs. Not just any stairs though. Uneven, slippery, steep stairs. No picture I show could do it justice. One step would be 2 inches tall and the next one would be 2 feet tall. I realize the Great Wall was built way back, but dang. That being said, it is one of the world's most amazing landmarks and I'm still so baffled as to how they managed to built it back then. Seriously so phenomenal.
Throughout the entire time I've been here, a lot of people have stared at us. I know we're clearly Americans so I guess that's why, but today at the Forbidden City, one mom shoved her little boy towards me and then proceeded to take a million pictures of us together. Weird. Later at the Great Wall we actually had a line of people waiting to take their picture with us. Literally 6 or 7 people, cameras in hand waiting for their turn to get a picture. So we made sure we got a picture too. Also, the Chinese duck face? I guess that's cool.
Obviously we're not going to go to the top of the Great Wall of China and not get a UC picture....
I can't believe I actually made it to the very top. Honestly, I was pretty proud of us. There were hundreds of people on the lower portions of the wall but we only saw about 10 or 15 coming down from the very top the entire time we made our way up there. I mean, I don't think I'll have the chance to climb the Great Wall of China again any time soon so you better believe I'm making it to the very top. When I finally reached the last step I think I heard the Rocky Theme Song playing in the distance. I might've been hallucinating.
This is the man, the myth, the legend. Our tour guide Tommy (American name). He was a blast! It was funny because he did everything with us and went into all of the places but then we got to the Great Wall and he refused to even consider going on it. What a wimp. No, I'm just kidding. He really was awesome though, I think I heard him laugh at least 500 times over the past 2 days.
Catch ya on the flipside.