There are two summer palaces, which I didn't know. On our first trip to Beijing we went to the new one which was packed as it was a national holiday, which I will write about soon. The plan was to go back mid-week and out of season and try and enjoy the peace and quiet of the place, but we ended up at the wrong one.
One of our better mistakes!
It is dominated by lakes and the reflections are lovely and very typically Chinese. However, all that massive expanse of water does make it ruddy cold in early March!
The palace is the one that Flashman spends an enjoyable sojourn in at the hands of the Empress Dowager Cixi. Then, of course, British and French troops ransacked and then destroyed the place as a way of punishing the ruling Chinese elite without punishing the ordinary Chinese citizen. Interestingly, it was ordered by Lord Elgin, the brother of the bloke who nicked the marbles from the bubbles... Must run in the family! This is still something that really bothers the Chinese (It is the start of the 'century of humiliation'), although in Britain almost no one knows anything about it.
Anyway, the plan is to go back when the willow tress are less barren and the weather a bit better as it will be lovely, although almost certainly busy!
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.