On the coldest day of my trip, I ventured alone to city central for about a six hour's walking tour. Not brisk, but wandering. Tiananmen Square is the enormous entry courtyard for this Imperial City residence. This architectural wonder covers 178 acres, 9,999 rooms, housed 8-10,000 servants, administrators, and royals. It is said the city was designed to keep the Emperor in, and the people out. After I got in, and past the crowds of mostly Chinese tourists, I pretty much got lost and wandered alone.
One highlight official exhibition was meeting a student artist from Xian who was selling art to go to Marseilles. I bought.