got to sleep in today, woke up to heavy rain though, so we waited for a bit and it stopped about 1030 so then we went to tiannemen square and forbidden city. The first site of the square was mindblowing, almost not able to see the street or entrance all you could see was people. As we walked up i noticed a large increase in foreigners, anyone that i saw that could speak engligh or looked like the might be able to i smilled and had the tendencay to want to follow them. The comunication aspect is difficult to overcome. THe forbidden city is huge, i got lost trying to find hte exit. My favorite part was the Yuhuan yuan garden, like the imperial garden. Very pretty and peaceful when you can ignore all the people and noise of several languages all blurrred into one. We had a cold treat to cool us down since i was sweating my shirt in the back was yet from my bag, i had frozen yougurt on a stick, and IRis had green bean icecream. Then a few korean boys from a huge korean tour wanted to take a picture with us, and later i felt like a superstar when about 6 smller chinese kids came up and asked in english to take a picture with me. SO cute, just wanted to practice englich i think. The city is so huge and the buildings amazing, so old from 1600 and still standing in good shape. Very gorgeous. One english man asked if i had to pay more for my hat to match my camera, thanks girls people are now making fun of me for matching haha. Not like i look bad enoug as it is, sweaty, crazy hair, no makeup, just awful pictures not to pretty. Today when we went to this mall full of big names like coach and gucci and wahtever i felt so out of place, got in troble for taking a pictre the coach bags being the lowest class brand in that mall a bag was about 5000 yuan which is just over 700 dollars CA. So girls no hand bags for you!!! And when shopping at a normal mall today theyhave too good of service gets annoying. As soon as you walk in the store someone asks you , then follows you arond the store and is like shopping for you, picks out clothes, or will find all your sizes and does everythign, puts you in a room to try on and as soon as you open the door htey lay all the clothes you have on just right to fit correctly. I came out of a room and this man was helping me, he just grabbed the shirt and i was surprised and kinda got scared haha. I feel like a mouse being stalked by a cat when shopping. Oh for supper we had frog, not too fond of it but had to try. Oh and crossing the street is so hectic, we are crowded and pushed between two busses about 3 ft apart with about 60 people pushing theer way through and they just keep driving, then i thoguht i was deaf when he honked his horn and i was right by his side, frantic mess!!! I am gonna have to take a video of corssing a street to really put into effect. Kinda sick of hearing hoinking and being pushed around. By hte end of the day i am ready just to put my earplugs in and have silence, no music just silence! That must be the farm girl in me. Tomorrw off to summer palace and then i am going to the Sichuan opera, since the beijing opera is not playing kinda sad about that. But all will be good.