Nancy at lunch before we departed LAX
Male guardian lion at the Summer Palace, Beijing (late Qing Dynasty, but in the Ming style)
Entrance to the Summer Palace, Beijing
The male guardian lion holds under his paw the globe that symbolizes the world.
Kevin, Nancy, & the Irish girls
Greg, Steve, Kevin, & Tony
Nancy & the Irish girls (Anita & Laura)
John & Larry
Kylin at the Summer Palace, Beijing
Summer palace. The crowds were impressive for still 3 weeks from the actual tourist season.
Huge restoration project in Beijing at both the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City. All of the paintwork is being exquisitely restored.
Dragon and crane at the Summer Palace, Beijing
Along the lake. The excavation for the manmade lake provided the hill just behind us on which sits the Temple of Longevity.
The Hill of the Temple of Longevity.
Budding Chinese magnolias in the Empress' Court, Summer Palace, Beijing
The wall enclosing the Empress' Court had wonderfully shaped openings to view the lake. The Empress had the double glass in the openings painted with flowers and birds to frame the lake view.
Bankruptcy Rock, Summer Palace, Beijing
This lakeside building along the Empress' Court housed the first telephone in China, which was originally hooked up to a 2nd phone in the Forbidden Palace to aid in strategy during one of China's 19th century wars.
The Crane of Longevity in the Empress' Court
Along the seawall, each panel had a window to view the lake, and each one was shaped differently and painted with flowers and grasses to enhance the view.
Ceiling in the corridor along the seawall
The perfect balance of green, blue, red, yellow, and pink
The corridor along the seawall in the Empress' Court. Even with a crowd, this quiet space was lovely and serene.
The Chinese magnolias in the Empress' Court were days away from full bloom.
Toward the Temple of Longevity from the Empress' Court.
Onward on the 783-meter-long lakeside promenade, toward the Hill of the Temple of Longevity
The promenade that ran from the Empress Court to the Gate of Dispelling Clouds and beyond is being restored. Besides the intricate designs that decorate the beams and eaves, there are scenes from history and landscapes on larger panels every few feet.
One of the scenes painted on the beams of the 783-meter-long promenade, Summer Palace, Beijing
The Temple of Longevity
The Gate of Dispelling Clouds, lake access to the Hill of the Temple of Longevity