I’m rewinding a bit with some random snaps from the Summer Palace, on one of the first hazy days of my stay here. If I’d had my way, I’d have probably gone there later in the day, when the sun wasn’t so high, but the first few days were long and tighly-scheduled. Lunch and dinner were also scheduled, and with all the training and walking around, I didn’t want to risk missing a meal… really, do I ever want to risk that? 😉 Heh.
Our group was pretty rushed during our walk through the Summer Palace, so photo opportunities and enjoyment were hard to come by, but I got what I could. Less blabbing and more photos on this one, because I’m hoping to wake up early tomorrow morning.
A hybrid creature at the entrance of the Summer Palace (deer horns, lion’s face, ox’s hooves, and a scaly body)
These types of rocks are in a lot of the palace-type landmarks in Beijing.
The grounds of the Summer Palace include an artificial lake, and it actually helps keep the area cooler on hot days.
This was one of several guys who was just chilling by the artificial lake, painting with a calligraphy brush.
We had a tour guide who explained to us that the characters on the right of these signs are Mongolian, in honor of the Empress Cixi and her heritage.
The aforementioned tour guide, who’s smart enough to find us shady places to stand in while she tells us about the place. 🙂
A curious cat who was roaming the grounds.
Gracias to Barbara (one of the taiji students on this trip) for catching my dorky pose du jour. 😉