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China Beijing Forbidden City

10 November 2011

The forbidden city

I found out that my hotel used to be a summer holiday home for the communist party before being turned into a hotel in the 80's. Theres a long list of famous people who used to stay here.
The room is quite strange, it has a fax machine as I mentioned, but also full office supplies including a stapler, hole punch, ruler etc. The tv comes with free internet and a keyboard (I have taken the ethernet cable out of it and stuck it in my laptop), and they also have usb keys for sale in my room.
Yet after all that, no chair! theres an old desk with an ornate wooden stool with no back on it which I am perched on like a fool.

Speaking of the minibar, they also provide some camera film and what I think is a popcorn popper as well as a fully manual coffee machine including separate grinder.

Head into the bathroom, and theres 2 hairdryers, 2 sets of bathroom scales, 4 toothbrushes, 4 razors, 2 entire boxes of condoms all free.

Exactly what were the communist party members getting up to?

Onto the forbidden city, I took lots of photos.

China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Room rate doesnt include breakfast, so I had a giant coffee (not quite as giant as the soup bowl from last week) and a delicious muffin. This was at 8

Room rate doesnt include breakfast, so I had a giant coffee (not quite as giant as the soup bowl from last week) and a delicious muffin.
This was at 8:30, the place wasnt open and I had to convince them to turn the coffee machine on.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Entrance court, full of tour groups with blaring loudspeaker systems, flags, whistles etc. Some now have loudspeakers where they press a button and it

Entrance court, full of tour groups with blaring loudspeaker systems, flags, whistles etc. Some now have loudspeakers where they press a button and it makes a series of car alarm sounds.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Picture number 200. The autumn leaves are everywhere. Excellent weather today, despite it being 2 degrees when I set off, its already about 15C an hou

Picture number 200.
The autumn leaves are everywhere. Excellent weather today, despite it being 2 degrees when I set off, its already about 15C an hour later and I am wishing I didnt have my coat with me.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Brace yourself for a few pictures of tourist stuff.

Brace yourself for a few pictures of tourist stuff.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - You can only walk on the right half of everything.

You can only walk on the right half of everything.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - It was last rebuilt around 1400, so its not particularly old.

It was last rebuilt around 1400, so its not particularly old.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Difficult light for photos looking into the sun.

Difficult light for photos looking into the sun.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Enjoy my attempt at blurry art photo.

Enjoy my attempt at blurry art photo.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Many of the tourists are Japanese schoolgirls, behaving as the stereotype suggests, posing in a cute manner everywhere, non stop giggling and panda ha

Many of the tourists are Japanese schoolgirls, behaving as the stereotype suggests, posing in a cute manner everywhere, non stop giggling and panda hats for most of them. Oh and also surgical masks for at least half of all Japanese school girls.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - I look like a secret agent in a bad movie. If I just had an earpiece and pistol with a silencer.

I look like a secret agent in a bad movie. If I just had an earpiece and pistol with a silencer.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Apparently, according to the Engrish signage, this is where concubines were sent if they were 'caught misbehaving'.

Apparently, according to the Engrish signage, this is where concubines were sent if they were 'caught misbehaving'.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Exit from the palace museum part of the forbidden city, and I spot a big hill, only one thing to do then.

Exit from the palace museum part of the forbidden city, and I spot a big hill, only one thing to do then.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Excellent view, very difficult light, should be up here at dusk not dawn. I can also tell from here that there is pollution haze, but compared to pict

Excellent view, very difficult light, should be up here at dusk not dawn. I can also tell from here that there is pollution haze, but compared to pictures I have seen its nothing.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - I can also tell that the centre of the city, where I am staying, is indeed left undeveloped, and off in the distance in all directions I can see more

I can also tell that the centre of the city, where I am staying, is indeed left undeveloped, and off in the distance in all directions I can see more of what looks like modern neon China.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - More redundant view.

More redundant view.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Last one.

Last one.


China-Beijing-Forbidden City - Spot where the last emperor hung himself. I havent seen the movie.

Spot where the last emperor hung himself. I havent seen the movie.


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