Saturday, August 08, 2009

Here's A Post That Will Mean Nothing To Anyone Besides The Four Of Us

All year long, we have fantasized about opening up a western passage into Yuanmingyuan. Say what? Here's what you need to know...

Yuanmingyuan is an absolutely massive complex of gardens and palace ruins. It stretches miles across from east to west and north to south.

We live essentially across the street from the western edge of Yuanmingyuan. (Yuanmingyuan Xi Lu, the nearest main drag to Yan Bei Yuan, translates as "Yuanmingyuan West Street.")

The only three entrances to the park are located way over on the east side of the grounds, a good number of bus stops away from Saoziying.

With all of that in mind, we have continually plotted ways in which we might scale the wall or surrepticiously slide through a worker's gate, as a point of accessing Yuanmingyuan right from our house, using our own eight feet. Luckily, we never did need to rely on such drastic measures.

Just a few weeks ago, we noticed potted plants being assembled, a big banner being hung, and a small kiosk being set up. Curious and hopeful, we took a walk down there one morning, and, yep, it is indeed a new, western entrance into Z's beloved Yuanmingyuan.

Just one of those small victories in everyday life...

~Steve

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