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The Summer Palace, Beijing

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We've now mastered the subway in Beijing. Getting around is easy as long as you don't mind being treated like a sardine. We headed off to the Summer Palace to see what promised to be pretty special. The Summer Palace is more a collection of buildings and pagodas rather than one big building. The Emperor's used the area for relaxation and reflection. The Palace is built around a massive lake that makes the whole thing look pretty amazing. The lake was half frozen when we were there giving it a ghostly atmosphere adding to the mystery of it all. The art work on the tunnel reflects the different seasons and each building,bridge or pagoda is constructed, decorated and located to represent something. A lot of the Palace has been re-constructed over the years and it's hard to see original work in places. I'd imagine it must have been really something in its original state, the grounds are beautiful and you can just imagine the gentry wandering around the estate completely oblivious to the commoners outside the wall. All in all not a bad day, although I think root canal work would have been favoured over it for Matthew. Not one of his favourite spots. Enough said.

Posted by mike1967 16:32 Archived in China

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