Tiananmen Square is concrete.
It was cordoned off, making it inaccessible to all.
In the courtyard of the Forbidden City
I felt overwhelmed by the mesh of tourists.
Beneath the outer walls of the Forbidden City, we breathed a little easier
We escaped to the Summer Palace on the outskirts of Beijing.
small islands surrounding a large lake
Eight bridges joined the islands like connect-the-dots
We walked across the water, bridge by bridge.
The yellow roofs of the palace peeked over
The most beautiful art of all was on the painted ceilings
The yellow roofs formed a precise square
Fishermen and women going about their daily lives, unaffected by the Olympic madness.
The rain started to fall faster
Just then, a rickshaw driver pulled up beside us.
Our driver pedaled nonchalantly into oncoming traffic