Summer Palace; Beijing, China

Much of the Summer Palace was destroyed in 1860 by Anglo-French forces, but that which was destroyed has been rebuilt in its original style. The Summer Palace is on the outskirts of Beijing, in the northwest, by Kunming Lake. There is no shortage of temples, relics or scenic walkways.

Tower of Buddhist Incense (in the distance) at the Summer Palace, and Kunming Lake.

Suzhou Street, at the Summer Palace, is a street built by the water, where empresses and concubines took leisurely walks, and today it is where tourists purchase overpriced souvenirs.

View of Kunming Lake from the top of the Tower of Buddhist Incense.

Tower of Buddhist Incense.

Tower of Buddhist Incense.