Beijing Sights and Train to Shanghai
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We woke up, packed our things up and checked out of our room. We left our bags in storage in the hotel and went off for the day. We took the metro to Tianamen Square. In the center of the square is Chairman Mao's mausoleum. The mausoleum opened at 8am and we were there at 8:20. The line already had maybe a thousand people in it. It made a huge lap around the mausoleum although it did go very quickly. After walking for 10 minutes, we found the end of the line and when we got in the line someone reminded us that you can't take any bags inside. Rather than getting some lockers and waiting in that huge lane, we decided to skip it and had breakfast of lychees and yogurt at the square.
We walked across the street and went into the Forbidden City.
After leaving the Forbidden City, we went to a restaurant and had some roast duck, which was just ok. We took a taxi to the Palace of Heaven. It is this big park that was used for special ceremonies such as ceremonial sacrifices by the emperor.
Once we were done walking around the park, we took a quick walk through the Pearl Market, which happened to be right there. It was several stories of little booths selling all the same thing and trying to yell at you to come over and by their stuff. Then, we took a city bus back to the hotel Arum stayed in 2 years ago. We used the internet there for exactly 20 minutes (it was a race against the clock).
We had some time to kill so we went to the mall near our hotel and had an Orange Julius. In order to celebrate July 4th, we were going to get 2 hot dogs for 90 cents as advertised on two big posters at Dairy Queen but dissapointingly they said no for some reason.
Our train to Shanghai left at 7pm (and it left on time). The tickets cost around $30 each and we had the hard seats instead of more luxurious soft seats or sleepers. The seats were better than what we were expected and it was similar to regular seats on an airplane but with a little more leg room. After playing some cards and having a cup of noodle (it seemed like everyone on board had a cup of noodles), we were ready to go to sleep early. We busted out our inflatable neck pillows and eye covers while I'm sure everybody was staring at us. In typical fashion, Steve slept very well throughout the night even though the lights stayed on and people were noisy and Arum didn't sleep so well. We arrived in Shanghai without any problems around 7:30am the next day.