Confession: Sometimes I am an absolute idiot when I travel. I mean I don’t mean to be but it happens.
I will often travel to a destination with an idea on how I think it is going to be but in reality I was wrong. That is why I love to travel it changes your perception on everything.
For example, the Forbidden City. My perception was what I had seen in the movies, or the occasional blog.
In other words, I thought it was just one maybe two buildings, pretty much this scene from Mulan
Don’t judge me I learned a lot of valuable lessons from Disney.
Anyway I digress. I just thought we would walk in see this building and that would be that.
In fact, after we walked in I looked over at the person with me.
“The Forbidden City isn’t really that big, is it?”
The look he gave me was crazy. It was mixed with shock, confusion and Jen you are f’ing crazy. I guess he knew the truth.
I mean the buildings were not that tall so I was kinda right.
So you will walk a lot and it is large like very large. Pretty sure it took us 4 hours just to walk through it. IF you were like me and walked all over Beijing the day before the Forbidden City it is very daunting. In fact, I was beyond exhausted every night in China from all the walking. (TAKE the subway, trust me)
It was a great attraction and obviously if you go to Beijing it is a must do. I really enjoyed it, especially I have seen it in so many books, blogs and movies.
Here are some of my favorite pictures from the Forbidden City.
Have you been?