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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 Dowager Empress Cixi s throne room
The Dowager Empress Cixi's throne room
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.
This dragon and phoenix guarded the Dowager Empress  Royal Hall
This dragon and phoenix guarded the Dowager Empress' Royal Hall
More stairs to the hilltop temple
More stairs to the hilltop temple
Beijing s Summer Palace with its lake  hills  forests  and temple
Beijing's Summer Palace with its lake, hills, forests, and temple
The Empress Dowager Ci Xi s Summer Palace was always a royal garden  but it became the summer reside...
The Empress Dowager Ci Xi's Summer Palace was always a royal garden, but it became the summer residence of the Emperor and the royal family during the Qing Dynasty. Built by Quianlong from 1749 to 1764, the Summer Palace is mainly a park, much of which is taken up by Kunming Lake (James Gormley, June 2001).
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.
Looking through one of the windows
Looking through one of the windows
The ornate gate by the hilltop temple
The ornate gate by the hilltop temple
Details on the roofs of the hilltop temple access
Details on the roofs of the hilltop temple access
One of the gates leading into the Summer Palace
One of the gates leading into the Summer Palace
The Battle of Zhuxian County. This painting in the Long Corridor shows a scene from a decisive battl...
The Battle of Zhuxian County. This painting in the Long Corridor shows a scene from a decisive battle in the war between the Jin and the Song Dynasties. In the Battle of Zhuxian County, the Song army was nearly beaten, but the courage of its generals changed a near defeat into a victory.
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
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)
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.
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.
A Chinese guard and deer statue by more royal halls
A Chinese guard and deer statue by more royal halls
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.

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