At the Summer Palace
Beautiful handpainted ceiling at the Summer Palace.
He's a little bit dragon, a little bit bull and a little bit deer.
Those are all steps. Going up.
That's one seriously old cannon.
The Germans on our trip: Michael, Volker and Wolfgang.
Our guide, Peggy and Roger (aka Alan).
More steps...going up.
Chair lifts climbing up to the wall.
On the chair lift up to the wall. You can see the wall on the upper left part of the picture. On the bottom left is the toboggan slide you take down from the wall.
Part of the toboggan slide down from the wall.
You can get espresso before you go up to the wall. Who woulda thought?
Roger (aka Alan)
At the Temple of Heaven complex
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Imperial Vault of Heaven (used for equipment storage)
Close up of Imperial Vault of Heaven
Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests - the circular roof symbolizes the sky and blue symbolizes the color of heaven.
The emperor used the east gate, the officials used the west gate and god of heaven used the middle gate. Ordinary folks weren't allowed on the complex.
The two trees of Beijing, growing together.