The next couple of days we started to get serious with our sightseeing. Beijing has so many interesting, historical and cultural landmarks. On our third day we wandered over to Tiananmen Square which is conveniently located across the street from the Forbidden City. The square itself, besides having historical and political significance, really wasn't much to see. There was a lot of construction going on at the National museum beside it (we'd wanted to check that out but apparently it doesn't reopen until 2010) and basically just a lot of people walking around.
The Forbidden City was awesome though. Everything in China is huge and cheap! It's amazing! It was cool being in a country where things are as big and spread out as Canada for a change. Really I should let the pictures speak for themselves. If you want to see ALL of them (and there are lots) then you should head over to photobucket right now. I'm going to include some favorites here.
We had an amazing day- it was ridiculously hot and we both got a bit sunburned. I had fun taking lots of pictures, a few of random Chinese children. I think their parents were flattered though, not creeped out. Haha. One strange thing is that with small babies and toddlers they don't wear diapers, or even proper pants. There were naked kids all over the place! And if they weren't naked they had these pants on that basically were split through the crotch so they could squat at will. Bizarre! I'd be worried my baby would be peeing on me and other people in public!