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