These are on the top of each building in the Forbidden City. There's always an odd number for good luck. The more characters, the more important the building (or the people living in it). The most characters on a building was 11.
There were some gates in the walls on the walk to the Forbidden City. I snuck a look in one of the gates and this is what I saw. These are called hutongs and are rapidly being knocked down before the 2008 Olympics. Apparently, many people in Beijing live in hutongs.
Flowers my dad & step-mom sent to my hotel (in China!?!) for my birthday. They make my hotel room smell really great. FYI - flowers in China don't come with a vase, so don't take off the pretty wrapping paper cause there's just plastic underneath.