The restaurant there was fabulous, and the Chef, whom I met, was happy to oblige a vegan. Very cool.
Where we posed with Chairman Mao in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace..
Which was stunning.
Featuring centuries old throne rooms.
And architectural splendor.
It was a warren of walled streets.
Filled with treasures like this ancient jade pottery.
Everything was laid out so as to make me want to wander all day...
Next on our itinerary was the Great Wall. When we stopped to pick up our passes, we encountered a school group. My childhood field trip never went anywhere like that!
The view from the top of the steps that lead up to the Wall where we were.
The Great Wall itself looked exactly the way I had hoped!
And it just went on forever.
We also visited the Tombs of the Ming Dynasty Emperors.
Where the buildings were roofed with dragons.
And the views were mystical.
We even got to see part of where the Beijing Olympics were held.