This is the first time I've been to China without family supervision, and it's a complete blast. It is absolutely wonderful to come to China with a group of people I didn't even know a week ago. We've only spent two days together so far, but we're getting to know each other really quickly.
This being the first time that I've actually been allowed to wander around pretty much on my own has been a great experience. The amount of freedom in China just feels so much more present than it does in the US. While it may seem like there are more rules over here, we are also but one if billions of people.
The Forbidden City was breathtaking. While each courtyard was seemingly the same, the amount of work that must have been put into it is unfathomable. It was great to come back to see it again while being able to appreciate how much blood, sweat, and tears went into building the city.
Here are a few of my favorite pics from Day 01:
Beijing Tailong Plaza Hotel, where we stayed while in Beijing
A couple of kids with panda hats just within the entrance to the Forbidden City
Taking it all in
Lina giving us some history
Stairway to ???
Outside the Peking Duck restaurant
Sorry if it's too many photos, I just couldn't narrow it down further.