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  • Day14

    Summer Palace

    April 6 in China ⋅ ☁️ 68 °F

    50,000 here today. We have to wait till some people leave before we can get in. Total madhouse here today. Was not a good idea to visit on a national holiday. Made for great people watching, however. I love studying them as much as they love studying us! The little kids are adorable,116.268900&q=Summer Palace&_ext=EiQpSOF6FK7/Q0AxPnlYqDURXUA5SOF6FK7/Q0BBPnlYqDURXUA=
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  • Day18

    Besichtigung des Sommerpalastes

    August 26, 2016 in China ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Nach dem Mittagessen geht es zum Sommerpalast. Diesmal fahren wir nur eine halbe Stunde.

    Dabei handelt es sich um einen Palast mit großem Park. Palaste muss man sich in China anders vorstellen, als in Europa. Es handelt sich dabei nämlich nicht um ein großes Schloss, sondern um mehrere Hallen/Pagoden, die durch Treppen und Plätze verbunden sind.

    Der Park teilt sich in Nordgarten und Südgarten. Auf den Garten verteilt werden Hallen, Wasser, Steine, Bäume,... angeordnet. Alle Elemente des Gartens haben eine eigene Bedeutung. Der in den Gärten verteilte Palast wurde als Sommerresidenz für den Kaiser, der sonst in der Verbotenen Stadt wohnte, gebaut.

    Das besondere am Sommerpalast ist unter anderem ein 800 m länger Wandelgang, der 20 000 verschiedene Gemälde aus der Geschichte Chinas zeigt.

    Der Sommerpalast scheint ein beliebtes Ausflugsziel von Chinesen zu sein. Es wimmelt von Menschen. Gruppenleiter benutzen Mikrofone, um ihren Gruppen das Sehenswerte zu erklären. Diese Mikrofone sind allerdings nicht mit Audiogeräten verbunden, sondern mit einem Lautsprecher. Dadurch entsteht eine unglaubliche Lärmkulisse.
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  • Day25

    Day 25: Not Forbidden- it is:Public-City

    August 14, 2016 in China ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Chineeeeeeeese people everywere you look. It started when I got up early but had the feeling it was not early enough and took a Riksja to the Entrance. It was not the entrance but close by. Guides offered themselves for 300 and promising you a quick entrance. Haha I bet he couldn't do it quicker than I / we did. On my way I met Thomas from Kopenhagen, who also needed to be there fast. Well we did the chinese way ;-) within 5 minutes we got in front of thousands, but it was not the ticket office. Crap, ok go back (almost harder to do ) but ok I had to say goodbye to Thomas he couldn't go through the forbidden city anyway in 30 minutes I found out. So ik waited 15min in line got my ticket and did the same trick. Within 25 min I was inside, eat that, tour guide ;-). It was 9:45 and the chinese style is take a picture and move on... well there wasn't much choice. There is a stream of chinese and you just go with the flow or be a brick wall they run into haha. While taking panorama's it was hard to not get hit by embrellas. This so called "forbidden city" allows 2 times more people a day than Defqon 1 in a whole weekend. It's an experience you must have had. The pictures speak for themselves, the historical interested can google, I liked both aspects. I stopped in the middle to read my lonely planet app ;-). After this city I climbed up this hill which gives you a good look on the forbidden city. A tip from my wonderfull guide in China (the same from the great wall) actually I asked her to show me the city. But she said she would show me the summer palace afterwards. She did this as a friend not as a guide and that was fun, I always have said that you have to meet locals to experience a country truely well I did. Some customs I never would have found out on my own. I didn't know how to get to the Palace but the south gate was 12km away. With the pain of the Chinese wall in legs i couldn't walk it. So I rented a bike, of course because it's the thing you have to do in Beijing. But this was far away haha, and to the wrong east gate haha but I got there. Wow the summer palace is actually a huge park without a clear palace building. There were a lot of buildings, to many to see in a weekend. We got a lot, because she is fit as well and I was not that fast anymore we were a great team. I got back with the bike and she lived in the outer ring, so said goodbye and wanted to give her something for the great tour. But it's not the way they do this in China. No tips just be friendly and thankfull :). Off course I was. I had some food and a beer at the bar-site and finished Beijing with a good feeling.Read more

  • Day2

    The Summer Palace

    November 5, 2017 in China ⋅ 🌙 43 °F

    Last stop of the day was a brief visit to the Summer palace. Like the Forbidden city you could spend days here but we only scratched the surface. This place has been burnt down 3 times since it was originally built in this is the last version1903 or so. A favourite place of the Dragon lady who was the power behind the throne for the last 4 emperors. Kunming lake was misty and surrounded by autumnal leaves but the palace was a cacophony of installed speakers and shouting tour guides. We watched a bloke doing water calligraphy using a special sponge tipped wand, apparently it is a good activity for the retired - I recommended it to Dad but he wasn't keen. The highlight really was a 750m covered walkway along the lake edge that ensured that the women could walk whatever the weather without getting wet or tanned. This was decorated with scenes from legends and classical books including a scene from Monkey. Car access was very difficult, much hooting and honking - our driver is amazing - Its a big car and she maneuvers it with if not exactly ease but definitely with bravado. Traffic was slow on the way back to the city - a good hours drive of solid traffic, not far but very busy - and that was a Sunday afternoon. I expect it wont improve as the week kicks off.Read more

  • Day13

    Summer palace in Beijing

    September 22, 2016 in China ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Eine Sehenswürdigkeit, die man in Peking gesehen haben sollte ist der Sommerpalast.
    Da waren wir heute 😊
    Ein ziemlich groß angelegter Park mit vielen Tempeln und Palästen, einem großen See und der 17-Bögen-Brücke. Auch viele Chinesen kommen hier zum entspannen und "Urlaub machen" hin.
    Wir hatten jedenfalls einen schönen entspannten Tag, den wir mit leckerem Essen und einer Maniküre abgeschlossen haben ☺
    Morgen sind auch schon fast zwei Wochen um und Richie und Jeannette fliegen auch schon wieder nach Hause. Es war eine sehr schöne Zeit und ich bin gespannt auf die nächsten zwei Wochen!
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  • Day3

    A Summer Stroll.

    September 21, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    After yesterdays leg breaker, I'd planned and expected today to be more casual. I should know better. Thats never how it works out. Especially solo. By myself, I can see more and go further without consulting or hesitating, but at times I wonder whether Nats advice to rest, eat or slow down might have been wise, rather than my impetuous and adventurous enthusiasm wearing my legs to exhaustion. I've certainly learned that good experiences are more treasured and remembered when they're shared.

    It was a warm one again. High 20s- 30c and clear blue skies. I left the hotel around 9.30, in a different direction, bound for a different metro station to map out a few different blocks around the hotel. The bakery breakfast and ice water coffee wasn't great, but moving on.

    The train ride out to Xiyuan in the north west of Beijing for the Summer Palace probably took around 40 minutes. It was a further 15 minute walk (not really signed) to find the Palace. Entry (all access) with an audio guide cost 100yuan (60+40) and the latter required a 50yuan deposit. The gps audio didn't work near as well as the forbidden city and wasnt as interesting.

    The Summer Palace was shades of the Forbidden City, spread out, in hilly forest, by the water. The highest temples were probably the most spectacular, the trek up the many stairs to them being fairly awe inspiring. A major problem with this complex in its entirety was just how poorly signed it was. Many of their signs, directions and distances were outright false, if not misleading and deceptive. When the punishment for such deception is backtracking or climbing hundreds of steps in the wrong direction/ for no reason, this got annoying. I probably most enjoyed the lilies and tranquility of the aptly named Garden of Harmony, and the tower of buddhist insense which offered great views.

    Once I had my fill of the Summer Palace I headed back to Beijing Central via metro. I figured I'd get off at Qianmen and walk around Tiananmen Square proper, having just walked alongside it yesterday. It's a big square. Not too much to see or do there but some interesting monuments and buildings.

    Rather than reboard the metro, I figured Id just hoof it South, all the way to the Temple of Heaven. The good part of this decision was the walk through Dashilar and Qianmen Street (busy shops). The bad part, was that I'd not factored in how big, and how much more walking thered be at the Temple of Heaven when I arrived with weary legs.

    Ultimately, the Temple of Heaven was probably the highlight of the day. The Hall of Prayer for good harvests was towering and a little unique. The Round altar down south was also different. Further appealing was how pretty the entire complex was, basically a big botanic garden. Once I'd finished and turned back north to walk to the hotel, I really enjoyed the refreshing summer breeze between the trees filled with sparrows and these noisy blue winged magpie like birds.

    I certainly made use of the bath in the hotel when I crashed back here. After a few hours of rest I set out to find dinner, roaming around a few blocks and through a few malls. I eventually settled on a Chinese place, ordering a stewed fish and fried beans with chili. The latter was delish, but former 99.99% tiny bones. I've really had a hard time finding any appealing local food or even quality western or hybrid cuisine. I guess ill stick to western and get the authentic experience in Xinzhou soon enough.

    I've been pondering many observations and unique elements to China and Beijing today. Ill post them in the coming days. For now, rest and sleep. Im 6.40am to head to the Great Wall.
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Anheqiaocun, 安河桥村

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