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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
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This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
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The Dowager Empress Cixi s throne room
The Dowager Empress Cixi's throne room
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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".
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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)
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The lakeside hallway with painted windows looking out at the lake
The lakeside hallway with painted windows looking out at the lake
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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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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
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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.
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Front of the Temple of The Sea of Wisdom atop Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace  Beijing.
Front of the Temple of The Sea of Wisdom atop Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace, Beijing.
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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
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Beijing s Summer Palace with its lake  hills  forests  and temple
Beijing's Summer Palace with its lake, hills, forests, and temple
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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.
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More stairs to the hilltop temple
More stairs to the hilltop temple
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One of the gates leading into the Summer Palace
One of the gates leading into the Summer Palace
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A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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