This is the start of our first day in Beijing. Good idea we have breakfast in our room …thanks to Starbucks. Our guide with Tour Beijing arrived at 7:00 AM. It took an hour to maneuver around the city. Our first stop is the Ming tombs.. Perfect! It gives us a chance to see some great sites, the Birds Nest Pavilion from the 2008 Olympics. the Bell Tower and the Hutong area. The city is spotless. Some very upscale areas. Wangfujing, where we are is on the top of the scale for sure.
Our first stop is the Ming Tombs. There are 13 tombs, dating back over 500 years.The tombs are spread out all over the area. We stop at the tomb of Zhou Di Emperor Yongle ( 1360-1424 A.D). The original crowns and robes are on display and an amazing monument to the Emperor. The Temple is so well preserved and very ornate.