Saturday, October 07, 2006

Day 4 in China - Today started with a visit to a Hutong. This is a traditional Chinese community that consists of a small street between two courtyards. They were able to spend time with a Chinese woman in her home. Then it was on to the Silk Factory where Tara says she didn't buy a thing as she was told you can get much better prices in some of the other cities they will be visiting. Next they were off to the Forbidden City, called Gu Gong, in Chinese. It was the imperial palace during the Ming and Qing dynasties and construction of the palace complex began in 1407 and was completed in 1420. They also visited Tiananmen Square, built in 1417 and was the front door to the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square is probably best known for the student demonstrations in 1989.