06.11.2012 67 °F
Temple of Heaven
The Yongle emperor built the Forbidden City, he also oversaw construction of this enormous park and altar to Heaven.
Forbidden City - the pictures don't begin to describe how huge it is. We were walking about 1/2 hr and I assumed we were in the Inner Court. Not so, we were still in the Outter Court. We were in FC almost 3 hours and we saw only 20% of it.
This picture taken from the Forbidden City; showing the flags of the building where the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China was meeting. There were 2,309 delegates and 2732 reporters. Sounds like the states.
The colors of Beijing
Kung Fu Theater
We watched a show The Legend of Kung Fu, follows the story of a young boy trying to fulfill his dream of becoming a Kung Fu master. The staging was spectactular. The average age of these practitioners is only 17 years old, but they have studied Chinese Kung Fu for many years. During the 80-minute show, the actors do not speak but present all Kung Fu, dance and acrobatics. The Legend of Kung Fun creatively unifies Chinese traditional arts and modern dance. (I picked this up off a brochure but that the description fit what I saw.)