This winter, during Jan. 3 to 11, TopChinaTravel traveled to north China: Xian
. During the journey, I have the chance to see many quite famous attractions that I haven’t been in my whole life. In this blog, I want to tell you how beauty the Summer Palace
under the sunshine after noon in winter.
It was snow half month ago in Beijing, but the snow is not melt so soon in the cold winter in Beijing, so we were very lucky to see the snow scene in sunshine in Beijing, even our guide thought we are lucky team to enjoy the best weather in Beijing during the hard winter.
Summer Palace is the temporary imperial palace and garden of the emperor of Qing Dynasty. It used to be Qing Yi Yuan. There are tree famous hills and 5 gardens in the Palace. Original built in 1750, and finished in 1764, it covers an area of 290 square km.
The front door of Summer Palace is very beautiful with ancient architecture style.
Walking into the Palace, we found that though it was winter, there were still many tourists from both domestic and abroad. A foreigner child was very lovely. There are many strange-looking stones in the palace.
The big lake in the palace is Kunming Lake, it occupies three fourth of the whole area of the Palace, which is about 22,000 square km. The lake has been frozen for half a month. The surface of the lake is still so frozen that people could walk and jumping on the lake. Our guide said that at the last day of 2012, there was a stage on the lake just above the big ice.
Just like a picture, isn’t it? This photo was taken by my phone so it is not as clear as other photos. Sunset on the lake.
Qing Yan Fang is a big stone boat. It is very beautiful under the sunshine and seems could shipping on the ice.
Our guide Simon told us the long gallery of the palace is one of the highlights. It starts from Yaoyue Gate, extending to Shi Zhan Pavilion. The gallery is 728m long, which is the longest gallery of all the gardens in China. Each beam of the gallery was painted with sceneries, birds, people, etc.
The Hill in front of us is Wangshou Hill. The tower is Fo Xiang Pavilion.
So wonderful afternoon in Summer Palace, was not it? Actually it was my first time to the summer place. Walking leisurely in the Summer Palace, I finally understand how deluxe the life of Emperors and loyal families.
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