After the Great Wall, we hit the Forbidden City the next day. It really was a city. The site is HUGE and we spent a 1/2 day just walking the small parts that we saw. For me, it was enough. But You could spend 2 days there easily I think if you were a real history buff.
We started at Tienanmen Square and aside from knowing the history, there’s not much to see there to be honest. It’s a big open paved area with government buildings on each side.
Opposite from that is the Forbidden City, inside are the richly decorated buildings and architecture that you would expect. Gate after Gate, courtyard after courtyard, it just kept going. Everything about it was arranged based on running the country and the government system, so it was interesting to learn about the different functions of the buildings and how far into the center you could reach based on your rank.
We had a nice walk home to the hotel and stopped once again from some great food, including more Delicious Eggplant which Aunt Mac was loving 😉