...once we got close to the Forbidden City the crowds got thicker and thicker. Oh, and all those stories about how Chinese don't know how to stand in line and take their turn? Well, they are all TRUE. Pushing shoving, cutting people off, blatantly pushing past people who have been waiting very patiently for their turn...it was nuts. The bridge going through the very first gate was packed, and we felt fortunate to not lose any of the kids in the scrum.
As most of the Chinese visitors took the central route through the Forbidden City, we decided to go around the side entrances and pathways. And we only went down the right-hand side, but given the symmetry of the place, I doubt the other side would vary too much in its layout. It seemed to me that the side galleries and places just went on without end. By the time we got to the emperor's garden in the middle, everyone was starting to get tired and hungry, so we made our way back out of the complex.
|An American couple chillin' in the doorway.|
It was within the confines of the Forbidden City that we ate our one--and ONLY--Chinese meal on this trip. And between you and me, it wasn't that good. Granted, our children are not as adventurous in culinary terms as Mali and I, but we've heard from a lot of people that, generally speaking, Chinese food just isn't that good. I'm going to have to modify that statement, however, because I have had some Chinese food that is in fact quite delicious. Of course that's all been outside of China, but I'll take a chance and say that Beijing Chinese food just isn't that good. But their McDonald's and KFC are just like we get in the States or here in Bangkok.
|That's right, my son knows how to use chopsticks!|
|Check out the guy to my right--based on how I eat noodles, apparently I might be part Chinese!|
|Beware the ravenous panda!|
|Mmm, noodles...and no, Mali is NOT Chinese!|
|Even Jane loves her noodles.|
We also visited Tienanmen Square, but the kids weren't too impressed with any of that (no sense of history--kids these days!). Okay, I'll be honest: Tienanmen Square really ain't all that, and they have no bowls of chips, just lots of Communist concrete structures. So we'll just leave it that for dinner we went to McDonald's. And at least this time there was some place for us to sit...
When I get around to it I will post about the rest of our China adventure.