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Marble Boat - Summer Palace

 

THE EMPRESS DOWAGER’S MARBLE BOAT

 

Summer Palace, Beijing

Poem by Winifred Hughes (1997)

 

“Let my boat be launched out of whiteness,

fretwork cut in filigree of stone.

 

Curve the prow,

the stilled wheel half-submerged in clearing waters

That I may test their buoyancy.”

 

The Empress Dowager

has nothing else to wait for

except to journey in such delicate solidity

among the shallow keels of junks,

their canvases like pleated fans.

 

If she unmoors herself,

she will set sail in a block of marble,

a floating stone.

 

THE SUMMER PALACE

 

China’s grand Imperial garden has been the site of Imperial palaces for 8 centuries, but this present-day retreat was created in the 18th century and fully restored just over 100 years ago. Possibly the most beautiful spot in Beijing has a Long Corridor painted with thousands of scenes of China and its mythology.

 

Friday, March 30  

 

Breakfast buffet at hotel

Morning devotion

 

John and driver picked us up at hotel

Summer Palace

Pearl Factory

Lunch at Huang Cheng Lao Ma Szechuan Hot Pot Restaurant

 

Hon Qiao Indoor Shopping Mall

Dinner and entertainment at Nut in Shichahai Park

Night Food Court

Returned to Novotel Xinqiao Beijing Hotel

 

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Marble Boat - Summer Palace
Marble Boat - Summer Palace
Mix of old and new architecture
Mix of old and new architecture
Ever-changing skyline in Beijing
Ever-changing skyline in Beijing
Entering Summer Palace
Entering Summer Palace
Palace constructed in Jin Dynasty
Palace constructed in Jin Dynasty
Tourists watch calligraphy artist
Tourists watch calligraphy artist
Draws with both hands at same time
Draws with both hands at same time
Patsy in front of Kunming Lake
Patsy in front of Kunming Lake
Summer Palace has 300+ structures
Summer Palace has 300+ structures
Ladies finished, but perform for us
Ladies finished, but perform for us
Great way to exercise and have fun
Great way to exercise and have fun
Performance in world-famous park
Performance in world-famous park
Patsy & Nonie pose with new friends
Patsy & Nonie pose with new friends
Summer Palace has 300+ structures
Summer Palace has 300+ structures
17-Arch Bridge built in 1750
17-Arch Bridge built in 1750
Original Palace destroyed in 1860
Original Palace destroyed in 1860
Former summer retreat for emperors
Former summer retreat for emperors
Chinas largest preserved gardens
China's largest preserved gardens
Judy demonstrates pearl differences
Judy demonstrates pearl differences
Nonie buys pearls for daughter
Nonie buys pearls for daughter
Buy pearls for someone special
"Buy pearls for someone special"
Lunch-Szechuan Hot Pot Restaurant
Lunch-Szechuan Hot Pot Restaurant
Huang Cheng Lao Mas famous sauces
Huang Cheng Lao Ma's famous sauces
Ready to dip lamb into hot pot
Ready to dip lamb into hot pot
Steve-WOW! This is hot & delicious
Steve-WOW! This is hot & delicious
Shop bargains at Hong Qiao Market
Shop bargains at Hong Qiao Market
Dinner at Nut in Shichahai Park
Dinner at Nut in Shichahai Park
Stanley ready to relax-take it easy
Stanley ready to relax-take it easy
Wonderful entertainment at Nut
Wonderful entertainment at Nut
Pass by building on way to hotel
Pass by building on way to hotel
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