As part of the package from the ROM contest, we have a personal guide and driver – no bus, no guide with a bad amplifier reciting prepared text. Seriously, this is a great idea, and it’s a way of seeing things without having to guess which way to go or how to get where you need to go. Our guide is great – she seems to love her job, and that works out well for us – it’s more of a conversation than a lecture.
Today was a day of huge things; Summer Palace, Tianmenan Square, and the Forbidden City. Each so very much larger than I’d have imagined. You know how you see something on TV or in photos, and imagine it much bigger than it ends up being in person? Not here; Beijing is the place where you get to the real thing and instead of “Oh, it’s not as big as I imagined” the reaction is more a case of “Oh. I could fit a dozen of what I imagined in here and still have room left over for more.
Tomorrow, off to see a chunk of the Great Wall. Tonight, we’re meeting someone we know from Vancouver. In Beijing. It’s a weird day.