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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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The ornate gate by the hilltop temple
The ornate gate by the hilltop temple
Details of the paintings on the eaves of the covered walkway (each eave had a different scene)
Details of the paintings on the eaves of the covered walkway (each eave had a different scene)
Zhang Fei s fight with Ma Chao. Painting in the Long Corridor depicting a battle between Zhang Fei a...
Zhang Fei's fight with Ma Chao. Painting in the Long Corridor depicting a battle between Zhang Fei and Ma Chao, two of the future Five Tiger Generals of the Kingdom of Shu. The episode takes place in the Battle of Jiameng Pass in the historical Chinese novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms".
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.
I think they used this big brass pot to burn incense.  Notice the small dog statues and lucky cricke...
I think they used this big brass pot to burn incense. Notice the small dog statues and lucky cricket on the edge of the roof.
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.
Sun Wukong s fight with Nezha. Painting in the Long Corridor showing images from an episode taken fr...
Sun Wukong's fight with Nezha. Painting in the Long Corridor showing images from an episode taken from a novel of the Chinese literature called “Journey to the West”. The painting depicts the monkey king Sun Wukong fighting the boy god Nezha.
Creek and arch stone bridge next to a section of the 728 metre-long Long Corridor.
Creek and arch stone bridge next to a section of the 728 metre-long Long Corridor.
The Dowager Empress Cixi s throne room
The Dowager Empress Cixi's throne room
A strange creature guards the Summer Palace while throngs of people enter
A strange creature guards the Summer Palace while throngs of people enter
The Tower of Literary Prosperity. Located on the shore at the east end of Longevity Hill  the Tower ...
The Tower of Literary Prosperity. Located on the shore at the east end of Longevity Hill, the Tower of Literary Prosperity is built on top of a fortress-like structure.
The Long Corridor extends for 728 metres among the trees by the lakeshore in front of Longevity Hill...
The Long Corridor extends for 728 metres among the trees by the lakeshore in front of Longevity Hill.
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
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The bridge to the royal boat dock
The bridge to the royal boat dock
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.
A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
Looking through one of the windows
Looking through one of the windows
A tour group listens to the story of how Dowager Empress Cixi imprisoned the young Chinese Emperor i...
A tour group listens to the story of how Dowager Empress Cixi imprisoned the young Chinese Emperor in this courtyard
This dragon and phoenix guarded the Dowager Empress  Royal Hall
This dragon and phoenix guarded the Dowager Empress' Royal Hall