Today, we visited the Forbidden City, the “White House” of China. It was crazy walking through because it really was like a small city; it took over an hour to walk the entire thing. It was a great experience to see The Forbidden City because it is an integral part of China’s history and represents hundreds of years of history.
After the visit, we ate a local restaurant. One particular thing that stood out at the lunch was a dish that consisted of tomatoes and scrambled eggs. This was the first time that I ate this type of dish in China, but it was incredible.
We also saw the Temple of Heaven and had a Taichi class. This was sort of a cross between yoga and karate. Although I struggled at first, I started to get the hang of it. We all lined up in a shady area and he led the class. It was quite peaceful and liberating; we even acquired a small crowd to watch us in action. The temple was beautiful and showcased the rituals and traditions of Chinese culture.
In addition, I had the opportunity to try a local shop’s pork dumplings for 5 RMD (approximately 75 cents) and of course they were amazing. Overall, the jam-packed day was fun, but the heat and walking got me quite tired. I am ready to get a good night sleep, pack my bags, and make my way over to Xi’an! It’s hard to believe I haven’t even been here a week and I have already been exposed to so much. More to come soon!