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Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden CityAfter breakfast in the hotel, we drove to Tian'anmen Square. It's one of the largest public squares in the world, and now I know why. It's HUGE! The other side looks like it's really close only because the buildings that ring it are massive. It takes forever to get across it though. There were thousands of people there! I had to watch I didn't get lost, which would have been really easy there. There are fountains and gardens there too, which look a little out of place in the massive brick and cement square, with a giant stone plaque in the middle. Katie and I slowly made our way towards the gates of the Forbidden City, but we were stopped several times by Chinese tourists who wanted to get their picture with Americans. It's so funny that people do that over there! One lady wanted a picture of us with her little girl. I'm not sure the girl understood what was going on. Anyways, we met the group under the giant picture of Chairman Mao, which can be seen with distinction from all the way across the Square.
We then entered the Forbidden City through its many gates and took a tape around which told us about everything we were seeing. That was cool, to know more about everything than just seeing the building. It looks a lot like in Mulan there, with all the pretty buildings one after another after another. The Forbidden City goes on forever it seems, with a garden of cypress trees at the back.
Kara Branby -- MercyHurst College