I think there were about three days in a row where we woke up with the intention of going to the Great Wall and ended up going somewhere else. Turns out, the weather in Beijing isn’t always bright and sunny like it was the first two days we were there. And by “isn’t always,” I mean it’s never like that. Instead, fog and “mist” covers the city and keeps you from seeing anything – not exactly opportune Great Wall weather…
So! First, we went to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
The Forbidden City is really a whole lot bigger than I imagined. I don’t know if that’s from taking tons of field trips to American replicas or what, but it was may more than I expected.
I kept turning the corner expecting to see the rows of terra cotta warriors, but again: Thanks, elementary school field trips to American replicas. They are hundreds of miles away and not in any way part of the Forbidden City..
After waking up the next morning to a beautifully gray day, we decided to hold off going to the Great Wall again, and went to the Summer Palace instead.
Personally, I enjoyed walking around the Summer Palace a lot more than the Forbidden City. The architecture wasn’t as repetitive (or as *red*), overlooked the water, and had some crazy lily-padesque things growing all over the place.
This is where I will leave off tonight, because the next morning, we were able to go to the Great Wall. (And believe me, there are *tons* of photos of that to take up an entire post.)