Beijing, Summer Palace

We spent a lovely Saturday at the Summer Palace, in Chinese Yíhé Yuán; literally “Gardens of Nurtured Harmony”.  It was hot, humid, hazy (menrè in Chinese; they have a word specifically for this kind of miserable weather!)  It was crowded and we were hustled by our tourguide, but we saw amazing cultural treasures such as Kunming Lake, which the Emperor dug for his mother so that it could house thousands of pearl oysters to create the beautiful pearls she loved, and the long covered walkway with intricate paintings on all the rafters for 728m! UNESCO  named the Summer Palace a World Heritage site, and it’s easy to understand why!

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