I probably shouldn’t admit this, but I really didn’t know very much about the
The Forbidden City, for those of you who haven’t been here, occupies the central part of
The grounds are large, occupying 178 acres. The overall complex is extremely impressive, although many of the buildings start to resemble one another after a while. There are some wonderful courtyards, and gardens that include 300+ year old cypress trees. Many of the buildings were used for conducting government business; others provided accommodation for the emperor, the queen, the concubines, the princes, and various relatives and staff. Today, the buildings are considered the most magnificent ancient architectural complex in the country. In 1987, the
After the Forbidden City, we did what every
A warning about rickshaw drivers. They are always quite charming, trying hard in their broken English to tell you about their city. But we have been taught that you have to negotiate the price before you head off, and we always do. But regardless of how clear the terms are, the driver always tries to pretend that the fare agreed upon at the beginning is for each person, not both. And you always end up feeling like a real cad if you don’t give him the extra few dollars. It happens every time!
Some final thoughts about the