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Day 7, Summer Palace & Forbidden City

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This morning we had a chance to peek at the Birds Nest (Olympic Stadium) in Beijing. Obviously, for security reasons, we were not allowed to get anywhere close to the area. Our bus driver just drove by it. We had quite a good look at the magnificent stadium and took a few pictures from the inside the bus.

Next to the main stadium is the Aquatic (swimming) building (The Cube). It’s cube shape building covered with what looks like tv monitors. I, unfortunately, was not able to get a clear picture of it because the driver was going a little too fast at that time. I however, took a couple of pictures of the Olympic flame shaped building that’s located next to it. It’s actually a hotel but I can’t remember what the name of the hotel though. On 3 sides of the building, there are big screen monitors that’s as high as 3 floors each in size. Crazy!

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We then went on to visit The Summer Palace and Forbidden City. There have been a lot of articles and information written on these two famous places. All I can add is that personally I like the Summer Palace a lot more. Forbidden City is so huge with thousands of rooms, big and small, and most of them are alike. Walking around the city is so exhausting, especially in the middle of hot and humid Beijing summer. I didn’t get as great experience as I’d like to have at this place. In between Summer Palace and Forbidden City visits, we had an opportunity to visit a pearl store. At the end of the tour, we came out of the Forbidden City onto the Tiananmen Square. The square was busy with workers and Olympic staff building stage and preparing for the Torch Relay Ceremony which will take place tomorrow, early morning.

Pictures: Day 7 album.