Peter is a Penn State student also studying at Peking University this summer
Today we had the day off, so a few us (me, Justin, KC, Xiaoru and Panagiotis) decided to go see the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City was huge; it took us a few hours just to walk through it all and photograph every interesting bit of architecture - and there sure was a lot of it. The roofs of the buildings were painted gold and shimmered beautifully in the intense sunlight. The hundreds of tiles bordering the roofs were each stamped with seals - it's incredible how much detail was put into it. I think I enjoyed the Imperial Garden the most. There were small shrines there that were designed in the traditional Chinese way. It was interesting to experience the history and culture that is preserved in the Forbidden City.
Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel and met up with two of the Peking students from our class that we became friends with; Rene (this is her English name) and Shuai. We ended up chatting at the hotel for a few hours, hosting a little party in my room, and then walked around the area with them as they told us about Peking University and China, with us reciprocating details about Penn State and the United States. It was a nice cultural exchange.