On a three-week tour of China we had two rainy days. Our visit to the summer palace of the Qing dynasty was on one of them.
The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing, dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake.
An overall view of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill.
The site covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres, three-quarters of which is water – here a dismal Kunming Lake.
No boats were out, it may not have been safe.
Emperors have used the site since the 12th century, but much of the design dates from around 1750. On the left edge of the picture is a door with nine rows of nine studs.
Grounds maintenance goes on rain or shine.
And guards stand watch rain or shine.
Is this the same group we saw two days ago in the Forbidden City?
Rocks like the two here are more typically seen within miniature landscape scenes.
Next post: some details around the Summer Palace.