Where Concubines go Shopping

Colourful

Colourful

I may have misheard the origins of this colourful gathering of buildings at the end of our visit to the Summer Palace.  What I understood was that it had been built to keep the concubines happy within the confines of the imperial grounds: somewhere to shop, see what was on offer outside the walls, and get away from the formality of the court.

Our tour did not include a closer look at the buildings, which, I suspect, were restored. Fortunately there was a bridge from which we could take photos.

The long view from  the bridge.

The long view from the bridge.

A riot of colour not seen elsewhere in the imperial buildings.

A riot of colour not seen elsewhere in the imperial buildings.

A few Chinese tourists were exploring the buildings.

A few Chinese tourists were exploring the buildings.

If this were in Canada, there would be barriers so you didn't fall into the water, and warning signs!

If this were in Canada, there would be barriers so you didn’t fall into the water, and warning signs!

Next post: Dragon Building

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One comment on “Where Concubines go Shopping

  1. Eileen mcnab says:

    Bunty, really enjoying your posts, feel like I am reliving the trip , your pictures are brilliant, luv them

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