It is very hot in Beijing during the summer months. A short ride away, The Summer Palace is the respite from heat and humidity. It is the largest preserved imperial garden in China, and truly magnificent. A long roofed corridor borders the Kunming Lake, perfect for a relaxing stroll and then onto a dragon boat to catch some extra cool breezes.
For the full history of The Summer Palace, visit http://www.chinahighlights.com/beijing/attraction/summer-palace.htm
One advantage of traveling alone is, I didn’t need to “keep pace” with a group. I could spend as much time as I wanted along the way. Recall from an earlier post, “support hose” was on my refrigerator list of the important “do not forget” items to bring. Without those, long walks would tire my legs out quickly. I still rested as needed, and Vicky was so charming. She walked with me, kept her arm linked with mine.
Where I live in New Jersey, I am close to the Delaware River and its towpath. It might be cooler on the towpath, but it sure is not The Summer Palace. This would be the summer home of my dreams!
So just pretend, this actually is my summer home and you are invited over as a guest. Certainly, you may click on the images for a larger view.