Today was a very packed day. We started with a tour to Tiananmen Square. This is one of the largest open government areas in the world. Thousands of people come here to read about their government. Next we went to the Forbidden City, which is where the Emperor of China use to live. This City is very big and has gold and handcraft carvings throughout the Palace.
We then went for a ride on bicycles or rickshaws where we had a real Chinese prepared lunch with a family. They prepared several dishes that included: beef, potatoes, broccoli, rice and watermelon. It was very good.
After lunch we traveled to a jewelry shop where we saw how pearls are made. Did you know that pearls come from oysters?
We then walked to the Heavenly Temple where the Emperor of China used to pray for a good harvest. This temple is very tall and has beautiful decorations throughout the temple.
We finished the day with dinner at a famous duck restaurant. We ate duck four different ways. We even had duck in tortillas. The food was very good!
Tomorrow we leave travel to a different city called Shanghais. This city is where a lot of trading occurs. We will take a plane tomorrow at lunch and stay the night. This is the halfway point of our trip. We leave for the U.S. in four days. Keep being good and we will talk to you soon.
1) Fist picture is of the guard dog at lunch. 2) Second Picture is of a golden pearl. It is very expensive. 3) This is the duck that stands outside of where we had dinner.