November 2008

On our return from the Great Wall of China excursion we headed for the Summer Palace, a mix of natural and artificial landscapes forming a huge park in Beijing.

As you’d expect there were great examples of stonework and decoration everywhere we looked.

After taking a walk through some of the parkland area exploring the buildings and gardens we made our way to the large, shallow Kunming Lake and boarded a boat for a ride around its circumference taking in the lovely views of Longevity Hill and the bridges of various styles.

One impressive sight on the lake was the stone boat; purely decorational, of course.

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