Beijing: Summer Palace & The Temple of Heaven

The last day in Beijing.  We were up early and at the Summer Palace entrance at the dot at 8 (or 8.30).   The sky was a beautiful blue, the sun was shining… i couldn’t believe this was Beijing weather!  The Summer Palace was everything you would imagine a summer palace to be.  It had beautiful romantic bridges, endless avenues of arched willow trees, a huge lake, and stunning architectural details and monuments sitting atop a hill overlooking the lake.

For both places, i strongly recommend to eat before you go because its quite huge and takes a while to walk and there is not much decent to eat once your on the inside.

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I remember trying to get a shot of this beautiful building.  Finally an old gentleman beckoned me to his seat… he was sitting at this corner.

And he said: take the picture from here.  And then i got this shot.

Turned out he was a retired photographer who used to shoot for a space / astronomy publication!!!

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After the summer palace, we went to visit the Temple of Heaven.  This place was HUGE.  V.A.S.T.  It was surrounded by acres and acres of beautifully lined trees.

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The echo wall!!! You could stand on one end, and whisper something to someone on the other end! It was amazing!

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Mankind has forever been fascinated with heaven.  It is truly amazing how and what different cultures imagine heaven to be.

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With this visit, our trip came to an end, and we took the flight home.   Needless to say, i feel so lucky to have caught beijing in beautiful blue skies, sun, and breezy weather.  And so very blessed to have had the chance to visit all these stunning places.  I need to read a lot more now on Chinese ancient history.

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