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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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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.
Entrance to the hilltop temple
Entrance to the hilltop temple
Details on the roofs of the hilltop temple access
Details on the roofs of the hilltop temple access
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
A Chinese guard and deer statue by more royal halls
A Chinese guard and deer statue by more royal halls
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.
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
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
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.
A bridge to an entrance of the Summer Palace  over a frozen river
A bridge to an entrance of the Summer Palace, over a frozen river
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 strange creature guards the Summer Palace while throngs of people enter
A strange creature guards the Summer Palace while throngs of people enter
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)
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.
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.
A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
A gazebo in the Summer Palace forest
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
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 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.
Path through the Summer Palace forest
Path through the Summer Palace forest