The Summer Palace

10th August 2004.

It says in our guide book that the summer palace is one of the most spectacular sights in Beijing.  It is described as a place where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city. 

We found it very busy and full of too many tour groups, and despite its beauty, we couldn't wait to get out to escape the elbows and noise.

It is however very pretty, built as a royal garden by the emperor Qianlong in the 18th century.

Tour groups....nice. Do you have any idea how LOUD these people are without their microphones?

Now... follow the man with the flag... we don't want you getting lost... or discovering anything.

You too can take a lovely boat on the lake front.  It looked more like bumper cars to us.

We are not sure what Darth Vader is worried about catching but she has all the protection. We weren't expecting a nuclear explosion that day so we didn't bother.

These people love to dress up in old costumes and pose for the camera.

Some don't need to dress up to make fools of themselves.

The Chinglish. We understand the need to protect the heritage... but we are not sure the railing needs protecting ... can you look after the sign as well!

This immovable marble boat was built by Empress Dowager Cixi using money intended for a modern navy. Oh how the royal court must of chuckled at this misappropriation of funds.

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