The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kumming Lake It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres (720 acres), three-quarters of which is water. The lake is entirely man-made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill.
The Palace's history is entwined with the Empress Dowager Cixi's. She was around when the British and French torched the place in a reprisal to atrocities committed by the Chinese during the First Opium war. Then, money was diverted from the Chinese navy to rebuild as part of her 60th Birthday celebrations but the Chinese lost the Sino Japanese war the year before due, largely to a weakened navy so plans for the celebration were dropped.
Finally! This was something I had read about or seen pictures of before we left for China and I thought looked really cool. One of those little things that make living abroad so interesting and exciing.
It is, I believe an ancient Chinese tradition. Using water to write messages of great moment on to the ground. The idea is to show your skill as a calligrapher and probably to teach you something useful about the futility of trying to achieve anything... Or something.
We had only been here a few weeks and were rushing to the station when we saw people practising this by the river in Tianjin. As we were in a hurry I didn't bother to stop and watch or take photos. My thinking was 'we've only been here a short while we'll see this all over the place'. Nope! Never seen it again until this week at the Summer Palace in Beijing. There's a moral in that story somewhere!
Only problem was my daughter had to point out that my first effort with the camera would have had the text upside down!
As you can see the water soon dries and one has to start again.
Below is the guy in action... As you can tell not the easiest thing to control I wouldn't have thought. But that doesn't matter because any mistake soon disappears and you can put it right.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.