Sunday, November 11, 2012

Blue Sky Day at the Summer Palace

We took a visit to the Summer Palace on an absolutely beautiful day. A little windy but very nice.

We rode the subway out to near the end of the line. These guys were waiting outside the subway station to ferry tourists the 500 meters or so to the entrance. It wasn't that far really but it was fun and worth the 20 RMB.

This dragon appears to have 5 toes.

This is the infamous Marble Boat.

The story is interesting. You can learn more here.

Marble Boat at Wikipedia

This is the Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha at the top of the hill.

It is also known as the Tower of Buddhist Incense.

More structures near the pavilion above.

This is a statue of the thousand-handed Guanyin Buddha.

It was cast during the reign of Wanli from 1572 to 1620.

This is what is known as Suzhou Street. It was originally build during the reign of Qianlong (1736-1795) and called Merchant's Street. The Emperor and his Emperess could walk along the shops and shop like ordinary people.

The place was burned down by the by the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860 and rebuilt quite recently in 1990.

This is actually Sue's photo. She happened to catch the guy standing up and looking her way from across the lake. I assume he does calligraphy of names, etc. for the tourists.

I can't imagine it on a really crowded day. In many places the sidewalks are pretty narrow and there are essentially no handrails. Fortunately the lake isn't very deep.

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