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.
As it was the first time we visited, the area around Longevity Hill was packed.
However, as one walked further around the lake a bit of peace and q could be found. The colours at this time of year were stunning as the trees turned golden before shedding their leaves.
I also liked the dead and dying reed beds. But can't make up my mind about the angle on the one on the left.
However, it is the lake that dominates and the views across it is vast! God knows how much labour it must have taken to excavate.
The water also provides the opportunity for reflection (Ho ho!).
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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.