All morning I tried to locate a place to buy my last China ticket from Nanning to Hanoi while here in Beijing without success. As agreed, I met up with Klara and Flo at the Front Gate entrance to the Forebidden City at 1PM. Unlike last time I was here, security was very tight with package and body scanners around this massive facility. I had heard that last Thursday that there was some sort of action there where three people were killed----protestors??? Hard to find out with the Great China Internet Wall up. Maybe I will get the details when I get to Vietnam.
Again because it was the weekend, there were many families visiting these grounds. I am joining Mao in front of the Gate of Heavenly Peace.
We then returned to a restaurant near my hostel and had duck pancakes with cucumbers and spinach. Tey did a very artistic job on the spinach with pine nuts and garlic.
That night I attended an acrobat show with some amazing acts including a guy balancing high up on two poles, mask changing actor, plate spining girls doing acrobats, girls doing tricks on bicycles, pretzel girls in impossible shapes, and the finale was five motor bikes racing around a metal round cage. Here are some of the video clips I took of the acts.