It's pretty neat to see and a great place to people watch and take in some of the authentic Chinese culture, as well as to view it as part of its ancient history as a summer palace.
I enjoyed walking all along this very unique, impressive and beautiful corridor. The colourful bold paintings on the ceiling are out of this world. The views of the hills, lake and the gardens are simply stunning from here. It can get very crowded at times with local people as well as tourists.
I loved the art work on the ceiling, but I disliked the handful of people who didn't observe the non-smoking signs and the lack of employees who didn't address the issue. Part of it is the culture.
At the beginning, it's packed with tourists...but go down just a bit and there are less people. It's all about the same, so you won't miss anything by walking along the lake first, then cutting to the corridor about midway.
Walking along the lake thru the corridor with the sun shining off the lake is quite special. There were the crowds because we went on a weekend, but that is normal in china. To have walked this place alone as the Emperor's did would have been truly luxurious.
This is the space where you see the local people gather. People were playing cards, mahjong, knitting, crafting, etc. The park was a hub of activities with various styles of exercise and dancing. In one are of the park families were gathered trying to make matches for unmarried children.
We visited the Summer Palace in October 2013 and walked the entire length of the long corridor. It is very very busy....(as was almost everywhere we went in Beijing). The beginning of October is the Chinese National Day and most people are on holiday for the entire week. Everywhere is crowded (even more so than normal). This is therefore a... More
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