25.12.12

Beijing: The Frozen Summer Palace

Beijing, December 2011



Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, situated 15 kilometres from central Beijing. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres, three quarters of which is water. Summer Palace was used as a summer residence by China's imperial family, as the retreat from main imperial palace, the Forbidden City. My first time visiting Summer Palace was about 20 years ago when I was a kid. All I can remember, it was spring and colourful flowers were blooming everywhere.

Last year I visited during winter, it was freezing and snowing quite hard. Thus everything looked totally different. With those thick snow covering almost everything and most part of Kunming lake was already frozen. The contrast of red buildings against the white snow and misty lake, somehow looked mysteriously beautiful. It felt like I was wandering inside a snow globe.

the entrance

corridor

the Heralding Spring Pavilion

it's snowing.....love it !




I spent couple of hours wandering around the Summer Palace. And since the area is enormous, I only managed to explore some parts of it. Actually I'd love to spend more time to admire the scenery. But the weather became too cold to handle that I could barely feel my feet and body.Winter in China can be harsh sometime. Note to self: don't forget to bring  a blanket from the hotel to keep my body warm :p

frozen Kunming lake

The Tower of Literary Prosperity

Hall of Benevolence & Longevity

Before exiting the palace, I passed by the Hall of Benevolence & Longevity. There's some animal bronze statues there. One of most famous statue was Qilin, an auspicious legendary animal that has the power to punish evil and repel the wicked. It's a symbol of good omens, protection, prosperity, success, and longevity by the Chinese. Depictions of the Qilin show a creature with the head of a dragon, the antlers of a deer, the skin and scales of a fish, hooves of an ox and tail of a lion. It's sometimes called the Chinese unicorn.

Qilin

For dinner, we went to a Mongolian restaurant which famous for the roast lamb menu. I'd say that this is one unique restaurant which is a large area with at least 30 white round tents or they call it Mongolian yurts. We were led to one of the yurts, passing by the open kitchen that equipped with modern rotating spit for roasting the lamb. We entered one of the yurt with interesting interior in red and gold colour. We were served 7 kind of menu that mostly were lamb as basic ingredients. There was also a group performance of singer and dancers to keep us entertained during dinner.


Mongolian Yurts

the interior inside the yurt

lamb BBQ Mongolian style

the grilling process in the kitchen

I've uploaded a video of the lamb roasting process. It's an amateur video from my pocket camera, so please don't expect something fancy. I just want to show you the cooking process in the restaurant :)




Anyway, I'd like to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas! May joy and happiness snow on you ! HO HO HO HO

20 comments:

  1. Wow! Amazing.

    And a merry Christmas to you and yours and a happy healthy prosperous New Year.xxxxx

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    1. Merry Christmas to you Snowbird. xxxxxx :D

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  2. Mongolian BBQ nya epic sekali deb :)

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    1. Pertama liat serem juga, mas Bayu. Soalnya cara makannya gigit langsung dari tulangnya gitu, tanpa alat makan. Kalo rasanya agak hambar, enakan sate kambing Indonesia, hihihi :p

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  3. well captured as always Deb , love the white and those colors of the exterior , simply beautiful :)

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    1. Thank you Feb, the place is indeed beautiful :)

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  4. That lamb looks delicious! Beautiful pictures Deb!

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  5. Loving the snow pics. Love the snow. Makes me want to head to a cold country soon and just hang out.

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    1. I love snow too! Specially during Christmas :)

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  6. China, salju, and palace...
    Bikin ngiri.

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    1. Suka travelling ke China ya? kalo winter cuacanya bikin badan susah gerak, hehehe :p

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  7. keren banget mbak. Baik tulisannya terutama foto fotonya. Terima kasih telah berbagi ...

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  8. keren banget mbak. Baik tulisannya terutama foto fotonya. Terima kasih telah berbagi ...

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    1. Salam kenal dan terima kasih udah mampir kesini. Happy travels ! :)

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  9. Forbidden City udah masuk dalam list destinasi. semoga bisa kesampaian. selain Forbidden City, pengen banget ke Xian, melihat langsung terakotta warrior! :D

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    1. Wah sama! Aku juga pengen ke Xian, keren bangetttt itu :D

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  10. Pengen bener ngerasain salju dari dulu, sayang belum kesampaian :(
    btw ci debz dari 4 musim, paling suka musim apa buat travel? hehe

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  11. i like this frozen palace .. comparing when in summer ..

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    1. Yes, I also think it looks more beautiful during winter :)

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