Two Beijing Sights (Picture Book)
June 1, 2014 by sevenbrane
So here are some pictures of our Chinese outings! We first visited the Summer Palace, located just outside town in the Northwest, where undulating hills are rising. It boasts a big lake (Kunming Lake) and beautiful scenery dotted with historical buildings. If you wanted, you could spend all day wandering around the large grounds without getting bored. From the landscape point of view, this is Beijing’s best sight. When we had first arrived in Beijing, it was so hazy that I wondered whether we’d be able to make out any sights at all, but a bit of wind did the trick and we had some days with clear skies just like in the tourism brochure. From the architecture point of view, the Temple of Heaven was possibly even more impressive. The distinctive silhouette of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests has basically become the emblem for Beijing, however the pictures simply cannot do justice to the real thing. The vivid colors of the eaves and the roof can only be appreciated on the real object. Also the Temple of Heaven is a large complex with a number of sights set in a spacious park. In keeping with the rest of Beijing, everything is huge. The Imperial Vault of Heaven is surrounded by the Echo Wall, which is supposed to transmit the sound along its length, however it was fenced off so I couldn’t try it out properly. I was extremely pleased with the sights we have been able to visit and very sorry not to have made it to more (especially the Forbidden City). I’ll definitely have to come back for more!