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... our lunch. "All Aboard" for the 45 minute drive through traffic to the Summer Palace. Here the imperial family and the royal court retreated for the warm months. 700 acres of palaces, temples, pavilions, a lake, spectacular views, and halls including the lavishly painted long corridor, 728 meters in length. grace the Summer Palace. After walking through much of the garden, we boarded a dragon boat for a ride across the lake to ...
... It was interesting with a lot if displays on Confucion thought and steles with unscripted texts and poems written in contemplation. We started to walk down the road from the temple and found a renovated courtyard with a trendy Italian restaurant in a conservatory-style building. I had spaghetti with shrimp and garlic and Will had a seafood pizza, and we had a bottle of River C******nay. It was a lovely meal. We came out about 5pm and carried on walking down the street, which was ...
... the Sacred Way. He says it's only about 750 meters one way and convinces us to push on.
It's 4.30pm and we still have a Dinner, an Acrobatic Show and a 3 hour peak hour drive back to Beijing so we decide to change the Acrobatic Show to another night.
After a traditional Peking Duck Dinner, we farewell Jack and Jong drives us back to our hotel at 10.45pm. It's been a huge day and the birthday boy is glad you only turn 60 once in a lifetime.
That night, we also bumped into Paul (the English one) at Kai – of course we would...where else would he be at that hour?? We waited outside for you for almost 2 hours before leaving! :
I didn’t know it at the time, but that night was the death of ...
... br> Next it was off to the Ming Tomb museum, which we didn't see last year, followed by the road of animals. This long walk through willow trees, which I assume are luscious during the spring, has giant marble animals and officials guarding one side of the tomb. The children, luckily did not climb on them, but several hugged the elephants.
Eventually, it was time for the Peking Duck Dinner. Coach Barnes, if you are reading this, whatever ...