The Summer Palace is a Qing dynasty imperial retreat from the stiling heat of the Forbidden City. On the north side of Kunming Lake is Longevity Hill with more than 30 grouping of houses, hall, pavilion, gates and walkways. We enjoyed reading the names: Hall of Happiness and Longevity, Tower of Fine Sunsets; Pavilion of Harmonizing with the Lake, Glowing Clouds and Holy Archway, Hall of listening to oriels are just a few examples.
Ruth in front of the Seventeen Arch Bridge with 544 carved lions topping each of the balusters. Each lion is suppose to be different but the differences were so subtle
we quickly tired of looking for them.
George in front of the steep Xiuyi bridge linking the mainland to the Causeway.
Ruth in front of the famous Marble Boat built by Empress Dowager Cixi.
The Long Corridor
This Corridor lined the whole north side of the lake. I imagine it was built for protection from the sun or the rain as people walked from here to there. For something to ponder or by way of entertainment over 14,000 scenic paintings decorate the walkway.
The Summer Palace is famous for it's yellow roofs. We are looking down from the Tower of Buddhist Incense. The dots on the lake are paddle boats.
On one may this is the Tower of Buddhist Incense in the tour book they called it the Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha.
Longevity Hill is the backdrop for this picture.
We really like bells and this is a most beautiful set. This is part of the Grand Theater of Garden of Virtue and Harmony. There is a Grand Stage where performers would perform.