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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 bridge to the royal boat dock
The bridge to the royal boat dock
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
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 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).
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
More stairs to the hilltop temple
More stairs to the hilltop temple
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.
The royal boat dock
The royal boat dock
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
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)
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 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
This dragon and phoenix guarded the Dowager Empress  Royal Hall
This dragon and phoenix guarded the Dowager Empress' Royal Hall
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.
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.
Entrance to the hilltop temple
Entrance to the hilltop temple
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
The Dowager Empress Cixi s throne room
The Dowager Empress Cixi's throne room
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.