Thursday, April 23, 2015
CHINA Day 3: Tian'anmen Square and the Forbidden City
On Day 2 we were still in Xi'an. We decided we had to take some days off from touring for the kids' sake. So we didn't plan to see anything on that day. So, we spent most of the day trying to get money. Matt tried 3 ATMs at the airport before we got any cash, and we ran out of money after a quick trip to Wal-Mart. We finally found out that ONLY the Bank of China accepts credit cards from outside of China. So, we walked with all the kids about 1km away from the Wal-Mart and about 1.5km from our hotel. So, the kids were pretty tired. After the bank, we stopped at Ying Ying Diang or something like that for lunch. We were pretty lost because the original menu was only Chinese text, but we did eventually get a menu with pictures and interesting translations, so we did get some food and ate. Then, we had to really hurry back to pack before our taxi arrived to take us to the airport. It turned out to be kind of a stressful afternoon.
On our first day in Beijing, our tour guide, Herbert, met us at our hotel and led us to our hired van. It was great. It's the only way I want to travel from now on.
Here we are in Tian'anmen Square. You will very often see Herbert in our pictures instead of Matt because Matt wanted to wield the camera.
The National Museum of China, across the street
Here's Chairman Mao's Mausoleum. There were about 1000 people in line to see it.