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Visiting the Summer Palace

Today we explored the Summer Palace on the north west side of the city. Essentially destroyed and rebuilt at the end of the 19th century, it boasts a huge man-made lake, many buildings, courtyards and long walkways.

Decorated hallway

Imposing statues are found throughout the different courtyards.

East Gate guard

Seventeen-Arch Bridge connects Nanhu Island to the perimeter and provides a great spot for kite-flying.

Seventeen arch bridge

And since it's not exactly summer, Kunming Lake is covered with a few inches of ice and provided an easy shortcut to the island.

Walkers on Kunming Lake

Summer Palace slideshow

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