Forbidden City and Duck

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At 9.00 we met up in the lobby and proceeded to walk from the hotel to Tiananmen Square– we got there via security checkpoints and dodging lots of Chinese tour groups with huge flags and multicoloured baseball caps. We saw the Tiananmen– heavenly gate and on all the four sides the congress, the national museum and Chairman Mao’s Mausoleum. We were told we could take photos – except of anything that was sensitive – fortunate nothing like that happened and we got plenty of snaps of the square and all the crowds. We then proceeded to walk through the three different gates into the Forbidden city and saw all the different halls Most of them called something or other “Harmony” a bit of a running theme – along with the hundreds of shoving Chinese all scrabbling to take photos of the various thrones.
We went through to the private imperial quarters as well as the symbolic Imperial garden with the 3000 year old Cyprus's along with hundreds of over tourists as well (mostly Chinese), before we said bye to Kevin after our slightly accelerated tour from the North gate. We walked then to the Houlin Community – a place where mentally disabled people with various learning difficulties socialise and do various activities while learning various new skills. We had some lovely spring rolls and dumplings cooked by the Trainees before we had a little show performed by them (someone in the group was dressed up as the Emperor and they danced around him). After that one of the other trainees gave us a calligraphy lesson and then we played out side for while with some of them and then took the bus back to the hotel. We took the subway then down to another part of town where we saw an acrobatics show which was incredibly amazing – lots of tricks and plenty of lasers including eye burning lasers firing out into the audience. Back to the hotel and to another restaurant for our final banquet meal together including Peeking Duck.
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