The summer palace is located to the Northwest of Beijing about an hour away from the city center by taxi. It was a summer retreat for royalty since it was cooler situated at the foothills of a mountain range. The Summer Palace is one of the best places in Beijing to see old Chinese architecture, at just 20 Yuan entry fee in the off season. This shows a section in the park called the "long walk"

There is a small lake (called Kunming lake) which has a small island. This bridge connects to the small island

Boats were taken out to the small island from a pier at the base of the Summer Palace complex, but not this one since it is made of stone

The Summer Palace complex contains a wide variety of buildings that are well adorned with trim such as seen here

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