All suitcases had to be in the lobby at 4:45 a.m. We loaded the buses at 5:15 a.m. and headed to Beijing Airport. We flew to Chicago and home to DFW. It’s great to be home!
This will be my final post for our trip. Thanks for joining our journey!
On Tiananmen Square in front of Forbidden City
This is the world’s largest plaza with two adajecent large screens promoting China. It was a beautiful day – no smog!
On the trip home, the bus dropped us off at Tiananmen Square. We arrived too late to get tickets into Forbidden City, but we did walk across the world’s largest plaza. Tiananmen Square is surrounded by The Great Hall of the People and the Mausoleum of Mao Zedong who served as the chairman of the Chinese party from 1945 to 1976.
The square was full of people. Some of our students said from time to time they would become surrounded by Chinese people taking their pictures. It was a beautiful day. We had so many concern about the smog before our departure, but a wind had come through and there was only clear blue skies.
Dr. McNulty, Dr. Springate, Connie and I walked over to Forbidden City. We could only see the outside. We walked around one side of the fortress to find a cab, but we had no luck at all. One cab driver offered to take us for 200 RMB, but we knew it should be for 40 RMB. So we kept walking. An hour later, we found a hotel, had the bellman get a cab for us, then we had to show the cab driver where our hotel was on the subway map. He clearly did not want to take us…but fortunately he did (for 38 RMB)!
What a day!
As a former civil engineer…some things never change! Although was drainage part of the original wall build in 700 AD or part of the reconstruction?