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... Kunming Lake.
We walked over to what is called the "Mable Boat" which was built in 1755 by Empress Dowager Cixi. The boat is famous since she reportedly spent have the treasury building it so that she could host her 60th birthday party. It was difficult to get a picture in front of it by it was quite beautiful to see.
Since Bruce was getting pretty tired of all the crowds he recommended we rent one of the little boats so that we could go on the lake ...
... which says there was once three magic mountains located to the east of China. Gods in those mountains had a kind of herbal medicine which would help humans gain immortality. Consequently many emperors constantly sought these mountains determined to have longevity, but failed, so it became a custom for them to build a royal garden with a large pool and three earth hills to imitate the legend. And ...
... walk was steeper, but we got there. We purchased our tickets for the chairlift and toboggan and headed on the chairlift to the top to start our climb.
We started the first section which went downhill which was easy, then the first uphill steps were upon us which were quite thick, like about 40 cm high and lots of them.
The climb was fascinating with so much to see amongst the fog and after a while ...
... Clearly the ten thousand guards he had around the place would be unable to spot a grown man crouching behind a bonsai while holding a big pointy stick or something, but there you go. So the place was sparse of green but no less impressive for it; loads of buildings all beautifully crafted with the ceramics and metalwork that had become familiar to me since arriving: Dragons, lions with permed hair and strange hybrids of animals stare at you from cobbled floor to ...
... by small streets full of rooftop bars and restaurants. The place comes more alive at night with nicely lit bridges and shop fronts as far as the eye can see. We stop at a large restaurant on the outskirts for a beer, tomato & egg noodles and fried greasy pork pancakes. We know, hmm. The rest of our time is spent booking some of the next few destinations and catching up on our jet lag. Next stop, Pingyao. Phrase of the day: On the road ...