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!
At the top of the hill, a super view of the vastness of the Palace grounds