The Summer Palace in Spring: Everything Rouses Up From Sleeping2016-09-29 10:14:45Share:
The spring in Beijing always comes so sudden. Winter clothes are still on and buds haven’t appeared, yet you can smell spring in the air. Huddling through every foggy and frigid winter day and now, there is no better time to have a walk outside. It's such a waste not to have a great time in spring, isn’t it?
Since we are so in the mood, let’s have a walk in the Summer Palace, also to see if there are unexpected spring views.
Although I have been to the Summer Palace several times, but there has never been a clear route. I seem to enjoy this causality. It’s going to be the same this time, let’s get a ticket and entre from the side gate.
The ticket for off-season is 20 RMB. I still remember last time I was here there was student discount. Time flies.
After entering the side gate, seeing the familiar "blessing", there are fewer tourists because it is not a holiday.
The woods by the hill are yet green. However the glaciers have turned into dancing creak. I really like the adjacent houses by the creak; it feels like time has flashed back.
Along the road upward step by step, I don't feel much burden since I am traveling light. On the way I saw an old couple helping each other. I wonder if I will ever have a person like this to spend my life with.
Standing at the gate of the city in backlight for a while, I can feel the proud of the construction craftsmen whom built this.
There is a small room in the woods, still elegant, but it’s too shame that the signs in front are unpleasant.
Looking up in the sky, the morning haze has been blown away by Beijing wind, it surely still shows winter time from those branches.
Walking along, there is Suyun Brim; the pavilion style building was built in Qianlong Period, Qing dynasty. Statues of Guanyu, Zhoucang and Guanyun are being enshrined inside. And there is an ancient tree in the city also.
The spring feeling in the Kunming Lake is much stronger; water rippling makes you feel so pleasant. There would be no regrets if new buds had grown in the willows.
I run into a gentleman who used professional cameras to keep the view. Along with his angle, I had one photo of my own.
It seems like the remote ‘island’ in the lake has its own stories, my mood is getting more pleasant and tranquil as the rippling water of the lake.
If you are tired, you can have a rest in the antique pavilion. The colorful view is making the feeling of winter fade away. Looking far at the lake, try to imagine poets converse cheerfully over a glass of wine.
From this angle, you can see the Seventeen Holes Bridge that connects Kuoru Pavilion in the east and the Nanhu Island in the west. It looks like a white jade.
Looking at the surface of the lake in backlight, the view is still winter-like; also you can see the spring has gradually diffused the frozen shore. The lotuses by the shore must have waited for a long time.
Finally, we came to the Seventeen-Arch Bridge. As it says there are 17 holes. The arch bridge is 14.6 meters wide and 7 meters high, majestic yet subtle.
Then I came to the place with my childhood memories. There is a bronze Ox located in the east side of the Seventeen Holes Bridge. It settles on a bluestone that is carved with waves with graceful posture. It’s looking up and gazing at everything in the Summer Palace. Does he also long for the spring to come?
There are also some exquisitely carved stone balustrades, leaning on them and looking at the rippling water; you can feel the warmth of sunlight goes through your body; it gives you even more tranquility.
Time does fly, before you realize it, we are back to the front gate. The copper Kylin is still gracefully sitting on the white marble in front of the Renshou Temple. It was moved from the Old Summer Palace in June, 1937. The Kylin has shining eyes and prestige.
There is a tripod, which made in Qianlong Period, Qing dynasty, shows the dignity of the royal family. I cannot help but wonder how glorious it must used to be.
We are walking toward the end of this journey by reaching the front gate of the Summer Palace. Now let’s wait for the time when all flowers bloom together. It must be a whole different feeling and will be surely amazing!
The Imperial Garden
5 Bests of the Summer Palace
5 Recommended Chinese Delicacies in Autumn Season
The Beauty of China’s Spring Teas
5 Beijing-Style Breakfast You Must Try
"Haidian" is a Must for Travelers in Beijing
7 Ways to Wrap A Dumpling
Bars and Nightclubs in Haidian District
A Hot Pot Restaurant Full of Happy Elements