Yuanmingyuan Park (the Old Summer Palace) | Speaking of China

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  1. kari m.
    kari m. August 11, 2010 at 2:20 am | | Reply

    Thank you for this article. With each read I so wish to visit China and the places you write about. I`m vicariously traveling through your posts, Jocelyn. What an interesting culture.

  2. Chris Waugh
    Chris Waugh August 12, 2010 at 1:00 am | | Reply

    I would definitely recommend visiting in early autumn, when the temperature is comfortable, the weather is starting to dry out, and the autumn winds keep the air relatively clear. The views westwards out to the Fragrant Hills are really nice. Not spectacular, like the mountains around Beijing can be, but calm and pleasant.

    But don’t rule out winter, it can have its own appeal. I remember one mid-winter trip there with a friend, walking around one of the quieter lakes west of the ruins, all the tree branches bare and grey, the lake frozen, crystal clear air with the Fragrant Hills rising in the middle distance, and hundreds upon hundreds of crows on the tree branches. Actually, come to think of it, that was not the first time I’d visited an historic site with that friend and immediately felt liked we’d stepped into a horror film.

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