Red Capital Ranch (Shambhala at the Great Wall)
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Our next stop was the Summer Palace, which was reached after another bus ride. We were excited to see some of the Olympic buildings on the way, even though distantly from the bus.
The palace grounds include the Kunming Lake, which takes up the majority of the area. There are also a number of pavilions, temples, and pagodas. We saw an elderly couple "painting" Chinese characters on the stone pathway using ...
... the walk. The wall was much wider here and more sections that were not step. However, there were twenty-three of them to walk through. As we went along it got hotter and hotter in the sun and the strong winds kept blowing my umbrella inside out. There was shade at each tower and it was good to stand with my sweaty back to the windows and let the breeze cool me down. There were clear blue skies with a few clouds around. Perfect for photos. I only made ...
... Chinese philosopher and thinker. Offering sacrifices to Confucius has been a part of Chinese history for as long as offering sacrifices to Heaven. The traditional sacrificial ceremony combines music, dance and other ritualistic elements. The ceremony would be presided over by the emperor, or an official acting on the emperor's behalf if the emperor could not make the ceremony. The temple is pretty beautiful, with ancient architecture. ...
... circular spinning glass disk. We were each handed a small plate no bigger than maybe twice the diameter of a coaster, and were motioned by our instructor to take turns spinning the wheel to get at the dish you wanted. It was interesting, but could be awkward at times when two people were going for the same dish. I can't remember how many times I'd filled and then cleared my small plate, but by the end of the meal I was stuffed. Among the things I'd eaten were the famed ...
... if she forgot how to speak English as well as she did earlier. Actually, I think we didn't nod in confirmation at what she was saying, so she clammed up a little bit and got nervous. I know I struggled to understand what she said and she spoke to Jing in Chinese several tines. We didn't learn too much history, but she did help us navigate the massive grounds of the summer palace. There are a ton of different buildings and sights to ...
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