Sprawling across close to 70 hectares, Beihai Park has architecture that showcases the beauty of China. From pavilions to temples, lake & garden. Easy to get lost in the pathways. Stopping to observe the locals enjoy their leisure time, dancing, singing, juggling ….. that was special.
I actually enjoyed the Summer Palace more than the Forbidden City. Maybe it’s the serenity that came with the vastness of the landscape comprising the huge Kunming lake, the long stretches of beautifully decorated classic architecture, the 60m high Longevity Hill and it’s many pavilions. When at the top of Longevity Hill, one is rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the Palace grounds. Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty commissioned the building of the Palace specially for his mother’s 60th birthday. I’d say it’s a gift like no other! Possibly sparing no expense and labour, all I can say, he must have loved his mother very much!
Each weekend, I try to search out new or “re-visit” places to capture. Was so pleased that the weekend saw a new park. The environment was quiet calm and soothing. I was greeted with a mass of beautifully formed clouds against blue sky. Not very frequently seen. Must be God’s gift to me on my birthday 🙂