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Kunming Hu

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  • Oct22

    The Art of Moving and Shaking

    October 22, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 19 °C

    She poisoned her son. This much we know. It wasn’t mentioned during her lifetime, because to speak of it meant sudden death. But now, after exhuming her son’s body, we know it’s true. She fed him arsenic.

    She was never supposed to rule. She was only a concubine, a legalized harlot, a sexual plaything. But when the old emperor died, her son, the baby emperor, was only three years old, and she took the opportunity to rule in his name. It didn’t hurt that her lover was a powerful general who made it known that she was in charge. Of course, the arrangement worked to his benefit as well.

    Her son knew that he himself, not his mother, was the emperor, so at the age of nineteen he asked her to allow him to take his throne. She refused. He attempted a revolution to gain what was rightfully his. The general intervened and crushed the revolution. He captured the son and killed thousands of Chinese so that she might remain in power. She wanted to keep an eye on her son, so she arrested him and imprisoned him in a building next door to the fabulous estate we visited today. He was under arrest, that is, until the arsenic she fed him accumulated in his body enough to kill him.

    She and her consorts, including the general, lived in a fabulous estate called the Summer Palace. We saw it today. All of the resources of a great nation were concentrated in these buildings and grounds that are nothing less than an oriental dream world. She took the annual tax revenues earmarked for the navy. She said she wanted to use it to build a ship and to train sailors, so the Navy Department gave her the money. She used it to build a ship made of marble on her private man-made lake and to train sailors to work as her servants while she was onboard. And her people suffered, at the hands of the British, the French, the Dutch, the Germans.

    Her name was Ci Xi (pronounced Tsuh Shee), the Empress Dowager, and she ruled with a rod of iron. When the styles in Europe changed, she rebuilt her marble ship in the new Victorian fashion. Near the end of her life, she designated a nephew, another three-year old, to be the new emperor. He was only three, as was her son when he had risen to the throne. She had lots of time. And her people stayed high on opium to escape the pain of being enslaved to Europeans and to the corrupt Ci Xi.

    Before the French Revolution Louis XV said, “Apres moi, le deluge.” (“After me comes the storm.”) But these words could have been uttered by Ci Xi. She died in her bed in 1908, leaving three-year-old Pu Yi to deal with a century that began with two World Wars and the revolutions of Sun Yat Sen, Chiang Kai Shek and Mao Tse Tung. Her heavenly fantasy, the Summer Palace, has been restored to its former glory, and today people from all over the world come to see what kind of opulence one person might create when cursed with limitless resources and an insatiable appetite. From every nation people still come to see it and to wonder at its beauty and its cost.
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  • Day44

    Peking - Sommerpalast

    October 14, 2019 in China ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    An diesem Tag brauchten wir etwas Ruhigeres und haben uns deshalb den Sommerpalast angeschaut. Auf dem Weg dorthin wurden wir erstmal von der Polizei aufgehalten (mit uns zwei Amrikanerinnen) und unsere Pässe kontrolliert - in China läuft alles über Smartphones, auch bei der Polizei. Sie fotografierten unsere Pässe ab und hielten uns kurze Zeit später das Foto unter die Nase, welches bei der Einreise gemacht wurde.

    Der Sommerpalast mit seiner weitläufigen Parkanlage mit den Wendelgängen, Brücken und Gebäuden war wirklich sehr malerisch.

    Am Abend sind wir dann noch ein wenig durch das Schichai Viertel am Beihai Park gelaufen und haben uns dort ein wenig das alte Peking angeschaut, das heute ein Ausgehviertel sowie auch touristischer Treffpunkt ist. Dort haben wir auch ein leckeres chinesisches Abendessen genossen.
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  • Day100

    Beijing - Summer Palace

    September 12, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    We started our day with a visit of the summer palace. To the palace belongs a huge area including a big lake and several Chinese temples. It was very nice to walk around there for a couple of hours.

    Unser heutiger Tag startete mit einem Besuch vom sogenannten Sommerpalast. Zu dem Palast gehört neben einigen Tempeln ein riesiger Park mit einem genauso großen See. Es hat wirklich Spaß gemacht hier eine Weile durch die Gegend zu laufen, vor allem da es nicht mehr annähernd so voll war wie die verbotene Stadt.Read more

  • Day16

    Sommerpalast

    October 31, 2016 in China ⋅ ☀️ 5 °C

    Ein sonniger Tag mit bester Sicht. Aber sehr kalt. Der Kaiser spaziert auf seinem über 700m langen Wandelgang zu den Palastgebäuden. Dann geht es die Treppen rauf und man hat einen einzigartigen Blick auf den See, die Stadt und die Berge.

  • Day5

    The Summer Palace by Rachel

    July 25, 2016 in China ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Again - so many people and everything is seen through a haze of pollution. The Emperor's summer house. It is more about the gardens than the buildings, the name conjures up a big house but there are a few sprawling beautifully decorated buildings and the palace of Timely Rains and Extensive Moisture.Read more

  • Day6

    Palais d'été

    May 8, 2017 in China ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Deuxième stop de la journée, l'ancien lieu de villégiature des empereurs lorsqu'il faisait trop chaud dans la cité impériale. Club med pekin quoi. Immense domaine vallonné au bord du lac Kümming. Le décor change complètement par rapport à ce qu'on a vu auparavant qui étaient une déclinaison de blanc rouge et bois. Ici, les frises sont vertes bleues jaune vif... vraiment beau!Read more

  • Day5

    Il Palazzo d'estate

    May 16, 2018 in China ⋅ 🌫 23 °C

    Costruito per le vacanze degli imperatori, ampliato e abitato dall’Imperatrice Vedova, madre dell’Ultimo Imperatore, reggente per piú di 40 anni perchè l’erede moriva prima della maggiore età e doveva designarne un altro, per 3/4 volte di seguito.

  • Day100

    Sommerpalast, Peking

    August 13, 2014 in China ⋅ 🌧 20 °C

    Vom schlechten Wetter lasse ich mich jetzt nicht weiter abschrecken - zumal es nicht mehr so schlecht ist (23 Grad und bewölkt).
    Also mache ich mich auf den Weg zum Sommerpalast. Der eigentlich kein Palast ist, sondern ein Park, in dem der Palast steht.

  • Day88

    Beijing, Tag 3, Sommerpalast

    July 28, 2018 in China ⋅ ⛅ 33 °C

    Kaiser Qianlong liess den 290ha grossen Sommerpalast 1751–1764 als Geschenk zum 60. Geburtstag seiner Mutter errichten und war der bevorzugte Aufenthaltsort des Kaiserhofes in den heissen Sommermonaten. Das Gelände wurde erst 1925 der Bevölkerung geöffnet, und ist heute ein riesiger Botanischer Garten - in dem heute "Millionen"😂 Chinesen flanieren waren.Read more

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Kunming Hu, 昆明湖

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