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No visit to Beijing is complete without a walk through the Forbidden City, and so of course I went. Like Tian'anmen Square the other day, it was packed with tourists, and I have no idea if this is normal or not. Apparently much of it has been repainted for the Olympics, looking as good as new. It's a beautiful place full of beautiful faces, all eager to soak up such a prominent piece of Chinese history.

Forbidden City

Man with a can approaching Forbidden City

There's not much to tell here except that being short on time, we walked QUICKLY from one end of the city to the other, and that took us over an hour. You could easily spend an entire day there and not see everything it has to offer. If I have time I may go back, but that's not looking likely.

Guarding the gates at the Forbidden City

A river runs through it