Once upon a time anyone who wandered into the Forbidden City was assumed to be an assassin, and would be captured and executed without trial. Those days are gone. Around a hundred thousand people visit it daily. In a month the government plans to restrict the number of visitors to eighty thousand a day. However, the palace complex is not yet very people friendly: the number of chairs rather limited. Facing the northern (Shenwumen) gate is a long line of chairs, all full of extremely tired people who have just walked through the imperial acreage on a scorching hot day. They present a cross section of Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo (literally: Chinese People’s Republic).