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The Summer Palace or Yi he yuan, is one of the most visited attractions in Beijing. It covers an expanse area of almost 3 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water, which gets frozen at this time of the year. :) The lake is entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build the nearby hill. Helen and I met up again in the morning and rode bus 620 for 2 yuan. The palace was the last stop for the bus so I wasnt a bit worried about getting lost. We arrived after a hour bus ride and got the 'walk through' ticket for 50 Yuan.
The Summer palace is the largest and best preserved imperial garden in China. As its name implies the Summer palace was used as a summer residence by China's imperial rulers - as a retreat from the main imperial palace or the Forbidden City.
As usual as in any traditional Chinese landmark, the place was exotic, and walking on the grounds for the next 5 hours felt like a breeze. Helen and I didnt seem to notice how long weve been in there as there was always something new to see in every direction.