Saturday was a tour of the Heart of Beijing with 12 other families from our adoption agency. Tian'anmen Square lies at the exact center of Beijing. It's the world's largest public square. Just steps away is the Forbidden City, former home to Emperors. The Royal Garden was my favorite spot: peacefully stunning.
We enjoyed lunch at a local restaurant and headed to the pearl market and silk factory. Very interesting.
The day ended with a brief visit to the Summer Palace, a beautiful refuge for the Emperor and his court during the oppressive heat of the summer months. It was enlightening to hear that 100,000 workers used wooden carts to fill the man-made lake. How nice that everyone can now enjoy this beautiful area.
The Forbidden City
The Summer Palace