The Summer Palace undoubtedly is one of Beijing's highlights. It has nearly 900 years of history, during which many emperors have used the park and its fabulous pagodas as a summer retreat. I've been to this UNESCO World Heritage Site a few times, and have always found something new to see. Now that spring is here, I'm sure to return for another visit. Until then, here are some of my photos from the Summer Palace:
The Hall of Virtuous Splendor.
Guardian lions protect the palace.
Calligraphy is on display.
If you're lucky, you might get to see a musical performance.
Beautiful forests surround the palace.
Trees must be important. They are held up with these chains and poles.
Never mind the construction.
The palace sits on a 20-meter foundation.
These traditional buildings are at the top of the hill.
The Tower of Buddhist Incense.
These ornately decorated halls surround the Buddhist temple.
The roofs have intricate designs.
Kunming Lake is next to the palace.
You can rent one of these boats to drive around the lake.
Perfect for trolling around by yourself.
You can also ride in these cool boats.
And meet the friendly locals.
17 Arches Bridge takes you to Nanhu Island.
Avoid public holidays, when the crowds are overwhelming.
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