100s of Photos Documenting a 6-week tour of
Malaysia ~ Singapore ~ Thailand ~ China
Section II: China
Photos by Bill and Sue-On
Captions by Sue-On (expanded from our FaceBook pages)
We had enquired with the hotel concierege upon our arrival 
about taking the subway to the Summer Palace and 
other places not on our agenda. 
When he found out we didn't speak Mandarin, 
he definitely discouraged us. 
So, we contacted a China Tour company and 
booked a one-day tour of Beijing. 
It included 4 locations. 
This is the first: The Summer Palace. 
This is Joseph, our guide for the day. 
He and his driver picked us up in a luxury vehicle 
at 8:30 am, and we are off!
We stood in awe as 
Joseph purchased tickets for the Summer Palace.
Our guide briefs us on this UNESCO site. 
We wondered how many times he's given this talk.
OK...Ready, set, GO!
We entered thru`one gate, will walk about 
then take a cruise to another gate 
where the driver will meet us with the car.
The ever familiar lion guardian. 
The lions, or shi, are always presented in pairs, 
for mystical powers to protect those within the buildings. 
This is the female with the playful cub under her paw,
representing the cycle of life (nurture).
The male lion has a ball under his right paw. 
The ball represents supremacy over the world.
Ready to steep in ancient Chinese history! 
The Summer Palace, or 
Gardens of Nurtured Harmony 
covers 2.9 square kilometers, 
3/4 of which is Kunming Lake.
The site began in 1122, and 
the gardens were commissioned in 1644, 
by a Jin Dynasty Emperor. 
It was given its present day name in 1752, 
in honour of his mother's 60th birthday.
Joseph shows "You are here" 
and where we will end up.
A pavilion near an entry gate.
Beautifully ornate eaves.
Wonderful craftsmanship.
Stone of the God of Longevity,
a concept held dear by all living things.
The Stone of the God of Longevity.
Bill and I with the bronze Qilin dog,
in front of the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity.
Sometimes called Chinese unicorn:
head of a dragon, body of a tiger with scales, 
hooves of a horse, tail of an ox.
Its appearance is thought to bring serenity and prosperity.
The elaborate pillars and front of the hall.
Colourful embellishment
Sue-On in the Land of Lilliput?'s a very, very old Bonsai tree.
Blue Iris Stone
Stone of the Wastral
A touch of home in Beijing: Dandelions!
This building was originally built for collecting books. 
The Chinese word "yun" is a kind of aromatic plant
that can protect books from moths.
Entrance to YiYun House
The corridor of YiYun House.


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