Saturday, June 26, 2010

Fun At Yuanmingyuan

Living across the street from the Old Summer Palace for a year gave us the feeling that Yuanmingyuan is kind of like our neighborhood park (The Wheaton Regional Park of China!). Z is in fact on record as stating that it is his favorite park in the world. And so, on our first excursion back, we were not so much interested in the park's infamous (from the average Chinese person's point of view) ruins, but rather hanging out in some off-the-beaten-path spots, just having family fun on a weekend afternoon. For Z, fun is running through the hills above the pathways, spying on us and attacking me with pines cones and other natural weapons. As for Julie, fun is dipping her toes in the ponds and watching the water bead up on lotus leaves. Speaking of which, there really is nothing like the beauty of Yuanmingyuan's lotus in bloom...



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