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Temple, Summer Palace

We went early to the summer palace which is in the North West corner of the city. It's basically a large lake with gardens, islands and temples all connected by bridges, boats and covered walkways. It was very hot today, I don't want to know degrees, and the pollution was up from the weekend so visibility and breathing were bad, but it was so beautiful. Not as packed as the Forbidden City, but just as amazing in a different way. Totally worth the hassle of getting there and back (we were took in by a naughty taxi guy who handed Jim back what we thought was our money and said it was counterfeit and wouldn't accept it, the scam is they change the counterfeit bills for yours and hand them back to you asking you to pay with different notes. This means that you are paying them twice and getting back useless bills.

The Marble Boat, Summer Palace (it sits, no boating)
) Lucky for us we aren't too tight on cash, it would be upsetting if it was you only holiday money. Also, taxis here are nothing compared to London so we weren't really out too much. Jim says he's going to chuck it up to philanthropy. Anyway, the palace was great. You can spend days there. We walked around the hills then took the covered walkway to the Marble Boat (it doesn't move, it just looks cool) and took a dragon boat across to the island with the big bridge, then we went along a paved walk on the water to the gate to leave. It's a very pretty place and my photos say more for it than I can. Oh! And, I got this green ice lolly... it turned out it was a melon and gelatin frozen! It's the best lolly in the world! It was so yummy I had two.


(There are two more updates to add to this China blog but time is tight right now so it may have to wait til we're back in London)




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