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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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Gate to the bridge that leads to the royal docks
Gate to the bridge that leads to the royal docks
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
Entrance to the hilltop temple
Entrance to the hilltop temple
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 Chinese version of ice skating  sitting on sleds  at the Summer Palace frozen river
The Chinese version of ice skating, sitting on sleds, at the Summer Palace frozen river
Beijing s Summer Palace with its lake  hills  forests  and temple
Beijing's Summer Palace with its lake, hills, forests, and temple
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 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 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 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.
This dragon and phoenix guarded the Dowager Empress  Royal Hall
This dragon and phoenix guarded the Dowager Empress' Royal Hall
The bridge to the royal boat dock
The bridge to the royal boat dock
Path through the Summer Palace forest
Path through the Summer Palace forest
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.
More stairs to the hilltop temple
More stairs to the hilltop temple
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.
The ornate gate by the hilltop temple
The ornate gate by the hilltop temple
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The covered walkway that leads along the lake to the hilltop temple
The covered walkway that leads along the lake to the hilltop temple
Past the formal halls  I got my first view of this bridge by the lake
Past the formal halls, I got my first view of this bridge by the lake