12th july 2008 – summer palace
, a summer resort for empress dowager cixi, who diverted (embezzled)
30 million taels of silver, said to be originally designated for the chinese navy (beiyang fleet), into the reconstruction and enlargement of the summer palace. in 1998, it was listed as one of the world heritage sites by unesco.
a lot of interesting constructions around the place
summer palace covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water.
thanks to empress dowager cixi, i now can enjoy the breathtaking view… together with the rest of the crowd.
have a break, have a big pau
long corridor – first erected in the middle of the 18th century, it is famous for its length (728 m) in conjunction with its rich painted decoration (more than 14,000 paintings). the corridor was constructed so that qianlong emperor’s mother could enjoy a walk through the gardens protected from the elements.
i’m not kidding you about the crowd.
we had picnic by the side of the long corridor.
ezra, my 1.5 year old nephew.
thought this pretty amusing… i like.
the marble boat
– often seen as an ironic commentary on the fact that the money used to restore the summer palace largely came from funds originally earmarked for building up a new imperial navy.
arch bridge (small)
arch bridge (medium)
arch bridge (large)
after the last qing emperor puyi was thrown out of the palaces in 1924, the summer palace was turned into a park. now, the summer palace has become a popular and relaxing destination for both domestic and international tourists.
on our way to a restaurant for dinner, we passed by beijing national stadium, fondly known as the “bird’s nest” for its architecture.
shin yeh – taiwan restaurant.
i love this! peanut butter sorbet.
almond something… can’t remember.