2016 Bonding in Beijing: Quick Boat Ride to the Summer Palace

This is another highlight of our bonding trip to Beijing, China with my Mom and brother. Summer Palace. But first, let me post about our quick boat ride in going there.

Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, Summer Palace is 9 miles (15 kilometers) from the downtown area. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'. SOURCE.

Yes the place was breathtaking!

Too bad the boat ride only lasted for few minutes!

The area covers a larger part, and opens up the vista of Kunming Lake, as well as the sights around Back Lake (Houxi River). East Causeway of the lake is connected to the West Causeway by Long Gallery, which both were interspersed with pavilions, bridges and wharfs. Famous attractions amongst this area are numerous, including Seventeen-Arch Bridge, Bronze Ox, Nanhu Island, Hall of Embracing the Universe, Spacious Pavilion, Pavilion of Bright Scenery, Marble Boat, Suzhou Market Street, etc. As breeze fluttering, waves gleam and willows kiss the ripples of the vast water, the highlights can't be let off from any of the delightful scenery above. SOURCE.

And look, we are here!

Excited to explore this place. Will post more about it soon! (*wink*)

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