+ Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City

Due to some of Danny’s Utah friends visiting us here in China, we decided to take a 2 day trip to Beijing. And of course we had to visit the infamous Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City. We found the square to be, well, just a square with tons of buildings that we couldn’t visit. But it was HUGE, in fact the biggest public square in the world. It was cool to see all the soldiers marching together and the awesome view of the heavenly gate which leads to the forbidden city. It is weird seeing it because for years and years I’ve seen it in text books, studying it, yet never ever imagined being able to see it in person. Once inside, I was so excited to finally see some rich Chinese history and architecture that hasn’t been totally rebuilt. My MOST favorite part was seeing the living spaces of the emperor and his wife, as well as the concubine’s and servant’s. It was exactly how I imagined it to be.
I totally didn’t mean to wear my bright red pants to a very red city, but it worked out perfect. I refashioned these pants here! coat: ae   shoes: thrifted   
This was one of 10 pictures taken while we quickly crossed Tiananmen Square
 This is one of the emperor’s courts 
This is the servent’s or concubine’s hallway to the living quarters.
I had to shove my way to the front for this one, so not the best quality, but this was my favorite part of the whole forbidden city. Where the sleeping quarters of the emperor and his wife. All the Chinese tourists were staring at the cool silk fabrics and the embroidered rug.
This is the huge mote around the outside of the forbidden city
 This is the quaint little hotel we stayed in, very very tiny.


  1. Oh my word. So beautiful! I’ve always, always wanted to go to China, so I’m totally living vicariously through your posts! 😀

  2. I have been to those exact places. Crazy how similar our photos are. Really Awesome!

  3. I’m so jealous that you got to visit Beijing. My parents never took me there before I left China and it’s one of those places I hope to visit one day.


  4. I love that you are able to visit other countries, its my passion! i love travel and learning about other culture. photography of ancient things is also one thing i cant resist!!!

    thanks for posting!
    ~ shadia

  5. We are just drooling we’re so jealous you got to go there…some day we will. (sigh). We need to webcam soon!

  6. So beautiful and looks like there was lots of fun going on! Yay!


  7. I love reading these posts…I feel like I’m getting to travel the world. haha! Looks like so much fun

  8. so wonderful pics!!
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  9. Hey!!!! New reader here!!! LOVE your blog! A few things:

    A. Your son looks just like Beck, the recording artist! However, the later realized that’s his name!!! That is too cool!

    B. I’m in South Korea with my hubs. We’re stationed here in the Army. I totally understand how you feel about the lack of thrifts stores!

    We do have some small shops right outside of post because they realize Americans like thrift stores. To take care of my lust of thrift I browse the Goodwill Online auction page! But only for the things I feel are of value because they have shipping costs. They ship to APO, but maybe not internationally. Maybe you can get a family member to send you a box of things you find on there. I scored a leather motor cycle jacket for about 38 bucks, but had to pay a high shipping fee but turned out cheaper than what they cost on ebay.

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    Maybe they have “vintage shops” because vintage gently worn clothes are def. worn by the hip asians! But you are in such a huge city! It’s hard to find the places by walking around. Maybe look for facebook pages for American expats (so it’s in english!!!)or forums and pose your questions about shops there!

    I also just follow a ton of thrifty blogs and flickr groups to satiate my thirst for thrift. It’s cool to see other’s finds. Then pin it for later ideas!!!

    You probably already know this shiz, but I just wanted you to know I’m there with you!!!! I am taking a 2 hour bus ride tomorrow to go to a bigger thrift store at another post, I am that desperate! lol


  10. p.s…sorry to hijack!! The Koreans also take tons of pics of our 5 month old boy!! They also just pick him up and carry him around at restaurants! Get used to it because your son is beautiful!!!

  11. What time of day were you there? I went in July to visit my little sis and I was packed into Tiananmen and smashed through every doorway at the Forbidden City- your trip looked so luxurious and spacious! My favorite thing during the summer was the lumps of people sitting on the ground at Tiananmen, eating snacks and people watching. I happily joined and ate a whole bag of lychees by myself. Your photos of the Forbidden City is fabulous, by the way.

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