Escape to the Summer Palace
Trip Start Jul 28, 2007
35Trip End Ongoing
Last time I was in Beijing, I, of course, toured the former royal families' inner-city digs, the Forbidden City. You have no choice, really. If you want to call yourself a tourist in Beijing, the Forbidden City is the first place you go. (The second is the Great Wall.) The Forbidden City, also known as the National Palace, is where the Emperors lived for most of the year
Unfortunately, the air wasn't much cleaner 12km outside the city than it was in my youth hostel room, but it was great to jump around the royal temples, pagodas, hills, hallways, and paths. The Summer Palace is surrounded by nature and has a lake in the back. From what I learned touring the Forbidden City, the lake and the hills were most likely manmade, but they do the trick. That's the cool thing about being Emperor. If you don't like the landscape, just change it. I had a great day taking in the change of scenery and I hope you enjoy the pictures!