After being soggy for about 12 hours, Chris and I were ready to start day two of our Beijing trip with a sunny, cold visit to the Emperor’s Summer Palace.
Despite the freezing temperatures, Chris and I had a great time warming up with hot chocolate and checking out this place where royals rested and entertained.
|Yes, I know I look like I am about to knock off a store, but I was COLD!!! :)|
|After we entered the palace we saw this lion statue, similar to the one at the Forbidden City.|
|To start our tour, we hiked over 17 Arc Bridge to South Lake island. The emperor would go to South Lake island to pray to the gods for rain. I was secretly praying the wind would stop blustering.|
|Much of the architecture looked very similar to the Forbidden City. I was still amazed at the amount of detail they placed on their homes.|
|After we walked to South Lake Island, we took a stroll under the Long Corridor. Each beam on the corridor had a different landscape painted on it. I felt like I was walking though an art museum, not a lake house.|
|After walking thorough the corridor, we visited the Tower of Buddhist Incense. As soon as I saw the outside, I knew that I was going to get an amazing cardio workout.|
|I had made it this far during the trip. I guess a could handle a few stairs.|
|And a few more....|
|The stairs were multiplying!!!!!|
|We are almost there!!!!|
|This was out view once we made it to the top. I am embarrassed to say I did not get a better shot, because I was so taken with the view behind me.|
|Behind me was a temple with this gilded statue of Kwan-Yin Buddha. The whole experience was breathtaking.|
We had a wonderful time in Beijing, however if I were to visit again, I would go in the summer. After we visited the palace, it was time to go home and thaw out for Turkey day!