China, post 18 – Summer Palace reprise, part 1

Whew, our last day in China!

Doug hadn’t gotten to see the Summer Palace, and I’d rushed through it, so we headed there Saturday morning, since our flight wasn’t til evening and we had lots of time.

Here’s a little info about the Summer Palace:
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I learned from the sign that this thing is a kylin: dragon head, lion tail, and hooves, deer antlers, and scales.

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A different statue:
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The Hall of Benevolence and Longevity:
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The last time I talked about the Summer Palace I noted the bat motifs that are all over – I didn’t notice them the first time – but they really were all over!
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One of the things I didn’t even know was there the first time was Cixi’s theater. It was one of my favorite parts of the Summer Palace actually! It had a bunch of buildings in this gated off courtyard:

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More bats:
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The theater building:
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Cixi:
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More bats:
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bats:
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More bats!
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The long corridor:
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Longevity Hill:
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More bats!
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I’m not sure why this is covered with wire:
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Bats:
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Bats:
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Here’s a display showing how things were repainted:
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You can see Beijing in the background!
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More bats:
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When we climbed up to the top, they rushed us past, because they are filming this scene:
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I was annoyed because I wanted a picture of the view and I didn’t like being rushed! Fortunately they finished up before we went down so I got my picture.

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