one structure that dominates the views at the Summer Palace is Foxiangge,
the Temple of
Buddhist Virtue. It sits midway up a hill and can be seen from almost
anywhere on the palace grounds. Another reminder of why not to take
a tour: While the temple was open to the public we didn't have the
time to enjoy it.
of the lesser pavilions on the palace grounds.
Photo courtesy of John
though there was no time to go into Foxiangge, Anne couldn't resist
running up the stairs to check it out.
Boat of Pure Banquets, also
known as the Marble boat was built (to show that the rule of the
Qing Dynasty was unshakable) in 1755 out of large stone blocks.
playing with one of the dragons
decorating the boats
short ride on a boat across the sacred lake and we were on our way
back into the city. The Summer Palace is truly beautiful and a "must
see" whenever in Beijing. Anne and I would love to go back
on a beautiful sunny day. We can imagine just how beautiful it is.
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