Beijing as the first stop keeps me wanting for more for the trip. After arrival, our first stop was to the Forbidden City, which is an experience I will not forget. Seeing the massive amounts of people in one place amazed me, as I only thought of New York City compare this experience with. Also, learning about the traditional Chinese lifestyle and culture was very informational and influential, as I was learning how Chinese households are able to keep up with their everyday lives. The food, lastly, but not least, was very delicious, even though that doesn't even sum up how good the food is.
During this trip, I learned that some members of the group carried SLR cameras, which I have been looking at for a very long time. Seeing that they are taking pretty pictures in Beijing just keeps me jealous for the whole trip. But here are some photos that I think are best to sum up the first day of Beijing in picture form.