An excursion to Yuan Mingyuan Old Summer Palace

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Yuan Mingyuan is a very popular travel destination in Beijing, as the Qing Dynasty’s Emperors once frequented this place. Lying on the outskirts of the city  (out of fourth ring road), it is not as hot as the downtown places, both in climate and tourism.

The park is better known for the huge remains of Qing Dynasty stone statues than its natural scenes.

It is the latter that lures us there. The vast lake, though a little smaller than Kunming Lake in Summer Palace, is certainly worth a little attention. Standing by the lake, feeling the moist breeze in your hair, you just need to take a breath and the world is all yours.

Watch this lotus for a little while, and you have all the dusty downtown life behind your back. There is serenity here.

The autumn began a couple of weeks ago in Beijing. A Chinese idiom goes like this, with just one dried leaf, you know the autumn has arrived.

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