Today (Friday) we saw Tienanmen Square, the Forbidden City, a "Silk Factory" (where the presentation had the aura of an infomercial) and the "Hutong" area, which is the older part of Beijing, plus lunch at a restaurant that had forks on the table. So draw your own conclusions there. Our guide was great, especially in explaining what seemed like each of the 99,999.5 rooms of the Forbidden City, but it was too long of a day for a bunch of jet-lagged people. We'd been up since 3 a.m.
We met about six other families who will be traveling to another province, but who we will meet up with later in Guanzhou. Some have kids with them, including a very sweet 3-year-old. But it confirms that it was best not to bring Sam. He's a little too "energetic" for all these organized tours.
Next up: the Great Wall, the Ming tombs and a "Jade factory." Notice the quotes.