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Photo Essay: Beijing's Summer Palace Special

Beijing - After touring the famous sights of Beijing, I found China's Summer Palace the most beautiful and healthy place, nestled by a lake, river, hills, and forest. Explore its royal halls, gardens, and temple with me.

Photo Essay: Tour of Beijing Special

Beijing - After five months of teaching English in northeast China, I toured Beijing with a group of Chinese tourists and experienced the famous city's historic and modern wonders first-hand.

Beijing’s Summer Palace ‘The Garden of Health and Harmony’ Special

Beijing - Built around 1750 by Emperor Qianlong, the Summer Imperial Palace in Beijing is one of the largest and most beautifully landscaped estates and architectural complexes in China and one of the most elaborate examples of classical Chinese gardens.
 

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An overview of the hills  lake  and far-off temple where we had to walk
An overview of the hills, lake, and far-off temple where we had to walk
Front of the Temple of The Sea of Wisdom atop Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace  Beijing.
Front of the Temple of The Sea of Wisdom atop Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace, Beijing.
The covered walkway that leads along the lake to the hilltop temple
The covered walkway that leads along the lake to the hilltop temple
A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
The royal boat dock
The royal boat dock
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
Entrance to the hilltop temple
Entrance to the hilltop temple
A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
The Summer Palace with its lake  walkways  and temple of a thousand steps
The Summer Palace with its lake, walkways, and temple of a thousand steps
The Tower of Buddhist Fragrance and The Temple of the Sea of Wisdom in the south-facing slope of Lon...
The Tower of Buddhist Fragrance and The Temple of the Sea of Wisdom in the south-facing slope of Longevity Hill.
Summer Palace  Beijing. The Tower of the Buddhist Fragrance seen from the gardens next to the Long C...
Summer Palace, Beijing. The Tower of the Buddhist Fragrance seen from the gardens next to the Long Corridor.
More stairs to the hilltop temple
More stairs to the hilltop temple
Two of the three sections of the richly decorated “Archway of Gorgeous Clouds and Jade Eaves”. I...
Two of the three sections of the richly decorated “Archway of Gorgeous Clouds and Jade Eaves”. It is located by the lake and it was used as a gateway to the gardens and to the Tower of Buddhist Fragrance.
Details on the roofs of the hilltop temple access
Details on the roofs of the hilltop temple access
The Dowager Empress Cixi s throne room
The Dowager Empress Cixi's throne room
The Blue Iris Stone. The gardens and courtyards of the Summer Palace are decorated with many unusual...
The Blue Iris Stone. The gardens and courtyards of the Summer Palace are decorated with many unusual rock formations brought to the Palace from all over China. This bluish, glossy stone is the largest in any Chinese garden; it measures about 8 metres long by 2 metres high. It sits on the courtyard of the Hall of Happiness and Longevity.
The Marble Boat.  The base of the lakeside pavilion was built with marble-looking stone. The superst...
The Marble Boat. The base of the lakeside pavilion was built with marble-looking stone. The superstructure is wood painted to simulate marble and decorated with mirrors and paintings. Obviously, the boat cannot float; it was used by Empress Cixi for lakeside dinning and receptions.
Lake Kunming at the Summer Palace. At the center-right is the Bridge of 17 Arches and at the far rig...
Lake Kunming at the Summer Palace. At the center-right is the Bridge of 17 Arches and at the far right, the Nanhu Islet.
The bridge to the royal boat dock
The bridge to the royal boat dock
Longevity Hill  Summer Palace  Beijing. The main building on the center right is the Tower of Buddhi...
Longevity Hill, Summer Palace, Beijing. The main building on the center right is the Tower of Buddhist Fragrance. At the top of the hill is The Temple of the Sea of Wisdom. On the left center is The Marble Boat.

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