Long Hot Summer
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The Summer Palace in Bejing was where the Chinese Emporers spent the Summer months to escape the heat of the city. We didn't have that problem in May though the days seem to be warming up.
It's a underground/light rail/bus-ride to reach the palace but by now we are feeling confident with our knowledge of the Bejing transport system so manage it without too much difficulty, but to be honest we cheat and take a taxi from the light rail station (but we do take a bus back!).
The palace is not as impressive as the Forbidden City but is a very pleasant place to wander for an afternoon, despite the crowds of visitors. We take a snack and eat this sitting in the garden and then walk to the top of the hill that overlooks the lake.
There are many temples in the palace and they seem to replicate all the different styles from around China including some we have seen in our travels; one temple looks almost Tibetan and the famous octagonal pagoda is classical Chinese.
As expected there is not much of a view from here but Bejing is notoriously hazy and today is no exception.