Friday, August 5, 2011
Today I will congratulate two people in this family: myself and Dad. This morning I aced my math test. You said it, one hundred percent! I will get a special treat that is currently TBA. My Dad finally found a solution to the internet problem. Now we will be able to post my blog without email and a separate page for pics! Also, we have access to anything the Chinese government has blocked.
Today we went to the Forbidden City. The city was built during the Ming Dynasty. That was a time Period from 1368 to 1644. It was built to protect the Emperor himself. The last Emperor, Pu Yi, lived in the palace from the time when he became Emperor when he was only three. He ruled from 1908 through 1911. He stepped down in 1911 because of the Chinese Revolution of 1911. He was allowed to live in the Forbidden City until he was 27. He was then banished from the Forbidden City when in 1924 the city was turned into a museum. When we visited this magnificent palace, a guide toured us through the city. He was not a very good guide and we did not get to see very much. I did notice how the Chinese people revered dragons due to the fact that the dragon was their common decoration.
We had a delicious dinner on the way back from the Forbidden City. We had two plates, a meat plate and salad plate. The meat plate contained garlic and peppered beef and I loved it but it was hard to eat with chop sticks. The vegetable plate tasted like soap and I had only one bite.
Today was a relatively good day. I liked acing my math test for the first time! However, the Forbidden City was hard to enjoy because it was so hot, smoggy, and I could not understand the guide. Beijing is full of smog, is hot, and we have never seen blue sky. I can not wait for Surmang. I hope it will be nice and cool there!
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