Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Beijing Trip Day 2 - Summer Palace

Early this morning, we went to the Tiananmen SquareForbidden City, then to lunch + jamak prayers, later to a Silk Factory and finally the final stop for the day was visiting the Summer Palace situated just 15km from central of Beijing. We didn't go far from the entrance, just enough to catch some pictures and do some souvenir shopping.

We were already exhausted from walking many miles in the Forbidden City so the afternoon was spent at a leisurely pace.

The entrance with two guards taking watch.
It was an ENTER ONLY gate and the EXIT was at another gate. Didn't realize that until much later though. Haha. Even the tour guide didn't know.

We were surprised to be met with such view! A LAKE!! Didn't expect this!
The Summer Palace was used as a summer residence by China's imperial rulers which means as a retreat from the main imperial palace or Forbidden City - a pleasure-ground in the countryside, yet near to the city. (source)

I certainly can imagine myself retreating here after long hours at work. Me, an imperial princess during my past lifetime? I was sometimes mistaken as Chinese back in Malaysia, maybe it's possible? Haha.. believe in karma, anyone?

A pavilion near the lake.
I have to forewarn you guys, you'd be pestered by pedestrians selling maps and souvenirs at this place. The prices are quite good compared to local shops near the lake.

More dragons!
Didn't catch much pictures as I was enjoying ice-cream while listening to some cute chinese guy playing a tune on his flute. The place gave the feeling of being in the imperial period. Flute songs filling the air, cherry trees, sound of water, and Chinese ancestral structures everywhere!

The only thing missing were people in Chinese imperial costumes. Hehe.

Sorry for the lack of pictures. But will repay it with pictures from the Great Wall of China!! Coming up next on Day 3! So stay tuned.

Oh and another thing, thank you again for your support on voting my blog in the "Tourism Travel Blog" Category. Voting period is until 1st of May 2012. Hope to garner enough votes to stay on top. =)


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7 comments:

JieJ said... [Reply]

Jard..imperial princess??posibble..posibble..hehehe..

Bah karang petang aku vote lagi ya..

Jard The Great said... [Reply]

@JIEJ.. hehe. kalau ko banyak akaun FB bolehlah vote lagi. satu FB satu vote. minta kekawan ko lak vote k. =p

JieJ said... [Reply]

iakah..aku ingat boleh vote kali2..adeh..bah ialah nanti aku suruh dorang, kalau ndak pun aku offerkan diri ku tuk masuk FB account dorang..hahahaha...

Jard The Great said... [Reply]

@Jiej.. oh itu sudah sangat bagussssss!!! hahahaahaha... thanks yaa!!!

aimi said... [Reply]

jard, yang kat lake tu amy ada gamba masa lake die tgh membeku.. ekekek but pegi time spring best lah,.banyak bungaa cecantik!.tak sabar nk tnggu next post jard ni weweiiitt

Jard The Great said... [Reply]

@aimi.. really? nak tengokkk!! mesti cantek sangat!!

bunga mmg bnyk tp kami sempat kat sana dlm sejam je. tak sempat nk round2. huhuhu

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