Our guide Emmet insisted that we see the Summer Palace, even though we were all a little tired from our day of sightseeing. It is a beautiful royal park, set beside a scenic lake, and many people, locals included, visit this tranquil place to enjoy boating activities, or just to stroll around.
Emmet starts our tour, as all good guides should, with a map of the area, so that we could get our bearings, and see exactly where we were going (and not going). Since we didn’t have enough time to go around the entire lake, Emmet had to give us the abridged tour.
The lake is the centerpiece of the Summer Palace, and is encircled by a well-paved road. This is a beautiful walk for the visitors, and leads to the palace proper.
On the lake are pedal boats for rent, so that families can enjoy paddling out on the lake.
Adding to the beauty of the lake were the many lilies and lotuses that framed the shore.
For the ones who prefer something less strenuous than paddling, one can take this boat.
There were also Beijing’s version of “street performers” along the path. One of them demonstrated his skill in calligraphy by writing complicated chinese characters with his “water brush”.
Unfortunately, I don’t know what these characters mean, so my apologies if they’re inappropriate in any way. 🙂
At the palace proper, we could view the various rooms from the outside only.
Here are my folks peering into one of the bedrooms.
Undoubtedly one of the biggest attractions of the Summer Palace is the Long Gallery, a 728m long corridor decorated with paintings of historical events and beautiful places. Source
For more history and details about the Summer Palace, you can try this website.