Summer Palace in Pics part 1

photo above by Sandra Beckman

So besides the Great Wall, this has to be my fave spot in Beijing. And because of this, I have broken this blog up into 2 parts (I have a TON of photos). Anyways, this palace was created for the emperor to "get away to the country" from the Forbidden City (which is located in the heart of Beijing...and ironically, the Summer Palace is now located in Northwest Beijing). The Summer Palace is a BEAUTIFUL park now that has plenty of places to explore or relax. All I could think about when I was there was the fact that at one time this was only occupied by a few people at a time (where thousands visit daily during the busy season). AMAZING!

More photos to come in the next blog

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