Our last full day in Beijing. I feel kinda sad leaving this place as we're just starting to feel familiar with the neighbourhood and some of the people. It's nice to walk freely to our favourite food spots of buns, pastries, fruits, noodles,....
Our mode of transport has mainly been our feet. According to the health app on Alvin's phone:
Day 1 15000+ steps
Day 2 16000+ steps
Day 3 20000+ steps
Not bad, huh? Well, today, we started with the Summer Palace in the morning. It was quite commercial and busy. The decision to leave was unanimous. We lasted an hour. We were also too cheap to pay for a tour guide or a map... It was a pretty park for strolling.
We met Wendy in the afternoon and headed toward Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. It was amazing to be there in person. A place you see often on images and in the news. Suddenly, we were there looking at the iconic portrait of Mao. The painting looks too new and colours quite bold. Making the visit very surreal. We also saw a gigantic flower pot at the square in preparation for the National Day Celebration. It was giant. We had an interesting walk home because we passed by two elementary schools and one secondary. It was right around the end of the school day so we got to see lots of kids in uniform and watch them interact. Bedtime was at 8 that night!