China – Flower Blossoms & Peony Festival Tour
April 8th to April 22nd, 2008

April 10: We enjoyed a full day city tour to visit Tian Anmen Square, the largest public square in the world at 440,000 sq. meters. The Tian Anmen Gate is a national symbol. To the west is the Great Hall of the People, China’s congress building, and to the east is the Museum of the Chinese Revolution and Museum of Chinese History. The Monument to the People’s Heroes stands in the center of the square. The Chairman Mao Memorial Hall sits on the southern part of the Square.

The Forbidden City, also known as the National Palace Museum. Construction of this palace began in 1406, the fourth year of the reign of Ming Emperor Yongle, and it was completed 14 years later. In the centuries that followed, twenty-four emperors have ascended the throne in this grand monument to Chinese imperial rule. The last emperor, Pu Yi, was driven from the palace in 1924. Subsequently, the entire Forbidden City was converted into a museum and opened to the public. Originally constructed by tens of thousands of laborers, it covers 250 acres. It is said that it could take you 2 1/2 days just to visit all of the 9,999 rooms of this city within a city. The golden throne set between two golden pillars both decorated with dragons was the symbol of feudal and imperial power. There are 12 large palace courtyards in this imperial city. There are also three major gardens - Longevity Garden, Kindness and Tranquility Garden, and the Imperial Garden. They were the playgrounds of the imperial family.

Check out the picture of the 4 star washroom! We also had a quick visit to Jingshan Park and lunch was in a wonderful café – just take a look at the washroom there! The pictures of the wildflowers were at the Pearl factory that we stopped at. A great place to shop.



  • New Eden
  • Kids Garden
  • Plant a Row Grow a Row