Beijing: The Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square

Oh, scary dragon! Today we went to the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Ok, I have a few things to say about this… Do you like crowds, do you like people with loud speakers, do you like people coming up to you asking you if you would like a tour??? If you said yes to any of the above, than this place is for you. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve noticed that I’ve developed some agorphobic/demophobic tendencies. I hate crowds. They make me incredibly anxious. I know that I have become more reclusive because of this too — and how I am making it in China is a small miracle. So instead of enjoying the Forbidden Palace, I got anxious and got the hell out. But not without a few pics. Being a detail oriented person… that’s what I focused on. The patterns. They were so beautiful. Please see below.

The color palette here was so interesting and so beautiful. I love the brightness and even the contrast to some of the other colors around them.

I love these colors. There is something almost romantic about them. Note to self: must have a room in my house with all of these beautiful colors. Ohh, a bathroom!

Haha. I don’t like serious pictures. Everyone who knows me, knows this little fact about me. They aren’t the ones you look at 20 years from now. Hopefully, we’ll both have this framed and somewhere in our house and the kids can ask us about that one time in China…

Aren’t they cute? They both have their super touristy t-shirts on to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the Communist Party in China. WoopTeeDoo. Boo Communism. I have more to say on this but I’ll wait until I’m back to The States. I would hate for the Chinese Government to shut down my blog… so, Dear Chinese Government, Please don’t shut down my blog. Sincerely, AAC.

What can I say… I work out… sometimes. This lasted for about 2 seconds, and then I dropped him. Dear former cheerleaders who read this — I still gots it!

My favorite picture from the day. I took this on our walk back to the hotel and after a Bailey’s Irish Cream milkshake. YUM.


Today I am thankful for: a really yummy lunch/dinner. We got some of the most basic food and it was absolutely delicious. I guess that’s a good thing to mention — start with the basics and then work your way up. If they can’t do fried rice right… then leave. haha. They did it right. 🙂


2 thoughts on “Beijing: The Forbidden City + Tiananmen Square

    • I think Birmingham should get a point for every 1000 people less we get to deal with in comparison to Shanghai/Beijing…. You’re the math major… I’ll let you do the math for that one!!!

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