Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City & Summer Palace

Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Beijing, China
This morning was the first day that we have rain! It is also our last full day in China. However, it didn't stop us from any of our tours.

First off, we visited the enormous Tiananmen Square, which can accommodate over 1,000,000 people

Then, we toured Beijing’s Forbidden City, a UNESCO World Heritage Site; made up of nearly 1,000 buildings, it is the world’s largest surviving palace complex. We walked its grounds among the opulent palaces, pavilions, courtyards and imperial gardens within the 26-foot-high walls. 

On our way to lunch, we stopped at the Beijing Zoo to see the Giant Panda Exhibit.
After lunch in a local restaurant, we saw the Summer Palace, a 700-acre complex of elegant buildings and gardens (complete with man-made Kunming Lake) frequented by the Imperial Court when they wanted to escape the bustle of Beijing. And tonight, we enjoyed a farewell buffet dinner with many of our friends that we made on our tour of China.