Thursday, October 11, 2007

Summer Palace

I wasn't in Beijing that long, but from my posting, you'd think I was there for a month. This will be the final installment of my Beijing highlights...the Summer Palace.This is one of the most frequented tourist sites in Beijing and well worth the visit. It is about twelve kilometers from the city center. The entrance is guarded by the dragon (emperor) and the phoenix (empress). Inside the grounds you can walk around the edge of the lake or take a boat ride across it. The lakeside path was covered but open air so it could be used no matter what the weather. The area is dominated by the main hill which has the palace on it. We didn't get to go inside because it was too late in the day but the outside was very beautiful. The architecture was very neat and it was a nice place to sit and watch the sun go down over Beijing.Where do you like to watch the sunset?

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