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Impressive Summer Palace Tour

I have been to Beijing many times before but always on business. This time is no exception. I only have a half day free time and l want to have a tour to the famous Summer Palace. So I booked a Half Day Summer Palace Tour here.

Peach blossom in Summer Palace

The tour guide picked me up at my hotel at 7:30 am and drove me to the destination. On the way, he told me a lot of information about the Summer Palace. Summer Palace is the largest and best preserved imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty extant in Beijing, as well as a famous classical imperial garden. Based on Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill, modeled on the scenic West Lake in Hangzhou and the Southern Gardens, it is a large landscape park, which is also the well protected Royal Palace Regency.

While entered the entrance, I was indulged in the charming garden landscape. The main lake-Kunming Lake almost account for three-quarters of park area. Have a view to the west from Kunming Lake, I saw the scenery outside seamless with the inner hills and lake and this is an outstanding example of Chinese garden practice of "Borrow Scene".

Another main part in Summer Palace is the Longevity Hill and the majority of the scenic spots in the tourist destination are on that hill. From the foot of the "Yunhui Palace" arch, by the row of Cloud Gate, the Second Palace, Paiyun Palace, Dehui Temple, Buddhist Pavilion, until the top of the wisdom of the sea form a layer increasing axis. In the back of the mountain there stand the Tibetan Buddhist buildings and the colorful glass pagoda with green trees. Here the lake, mountains, islands, the embankment and the constructions, with a garden outside by "Borrow Scene" to form an embroidered landscape picture.

The tour guide leads me to see the major sites in this palace. With the most charming scenery, seems that it is definitely a place of escape from the busy city atmosphere. I really enjoyed a happy time this afternoon. If time allows I would like to have the Beijing Package Tour to see the representative attractions and get a deep understanding about this old city. Next time!

Beijing Historical Tour

For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences. So during this one week holiday, I and my three partners choose the 3 Day Beijing Tour Package. During the three days, we will visit the representative attractions in Beijing including: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Ming Tombs, the Great Wall and so on.

Tiananmen Tower

In the first travel day, we went to the symbols around the city downtown: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. Each of them all enjoys long and glorious history. The attraction I like best is the Summer Palace. For me, I really enjoy the beautiful landscape there. The pavilions, promenade, palaces, temples and bridges and other artificial landscape, natural hills and open lake area are harmony and artistic blend, which make me feel fresh and comfortable. Based on the Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, it is a large scale Natural Landscape Garden.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Today we visited the famous Ming Tombs and the Mutianyu Great Wall. The 18 pairs of stone human figures and animals along the Sacred Road gave me a deep impression. All of them are carved with exquisite skills. Also on the way to the Mutianyu Great Wall, we paid a visit to a Jade Carving Factory. At first, I didn't want to get there. But in fact it is attractive. It is not only the excellent skill on carving, but also mixes many Chinese traditional cultures in the jade carving. During the trip, I knew much about the processes of Chinese jade carving and Chinese jade culture. The last destination today was Mutianyu Great Wall. The tour lasted about 2 hours and we all enjoyed a wonderful time there. Mutianyu section of the Great Wall was originally built during the Northern Qi Dynasty which used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs during the Ming Dynasty. Climbing to the top and having a bird's eye view around, the feeling is really great!

Tomorrow we will visit the old Beijing Hutong and Panda Zoo. That's my favorite route. My friends and I all very interested in Beijing Hutong culture and the lovely pandas. I'm sure we will enjoy a happy time tomorrow!

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