Saturday, July 03, 2010

And The Answer Is...

...The Marble Boat!

In a nutshell, in the waning years of China's last dynasty, funds appropriated for the country's naval defenses were used instead to build a decadent marble boat at the Summer Palace, the imperial get away outside of Beijing. The boat is a sort of icon of the decay that characterized China in the 19th century. Today, of course, it is a must-see attraction on the Beijing tourist circuit...



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