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A visit to the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan Park)

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    A few days ago I went to the Summer Palace. After entering the park, we can either go north or south to see the scenery. I used to choose the north route and go through the Long Corridor and by the Stone Boat. This time I wanted to make a change, so I went south to see the 17-Arch Bridge and the West Dam(Xi Di).
    A few miles from the gate, there was a very small island. Standing on the island, I saw the Longevity Hill(Wan Shou Shan), and I heard some people singing together.It was sunny that day, but a little chilly. In the Kunming Lake there were half ice and half water. The ice made the lake peaceful while the water brought vitality to it.The breeze and sunshine made the lake very shiny, like wavering silk.
    Some miles away, There was the famous 17-Arch Bridge. Every time I saw the bridge I would count the arches to check if the number is 17. Of course it doesn't change! There are hundreds of stone lions on the bridge, and every one has a unique posture. 
    At last I got to the West Dam. It was a imitation of the dam in the West Lake in Hangzhou. They are several bridges and pavilions built on the West Dam. When I got there, I was a little tired, but I felt that it was worth the long walk when I enjoyed the good view.Since the pavilions were bulit a few meters above the Kunming Lake, we could see the whole lake, the buildings around it and the mountains far away.At that time it was still cold outside.When it's warm, the willow leaves will turn out and the peach trees will blossom, and they will make the West Dam more beautiful.
(The followings are two photos taken in the Summer Palace. One is a photo of the Longevity Hill taken on the small island; the other is a photo of the 17-Arch Bridge taken on the West Dam.)

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There are quite a number of factors result into the loss. But if China had Yoshino (speed at 22.5 knots) instead of Japan had it, Yellow Sea Battle would have been another story. Most of the warships on China's side were much slower than Japan's, nominal speed was about 15 knots, but actual speed on that day was only 10.5 knots because of poor quality of fuel.

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  • A visit to the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan Park) 2018-3-14 17:49

    Igo: A very beautiful place! Many thanks to Comrade Yehenara Hinjen (叶赫那拉·杏贞同志) (a.k.a. Empress Dowager Cixi) because the majority of Summer Palac ...
    In the Summer Palace we can see many places built for the Qing Emperors' entertainment,  like theatre, pavilion, stone boat, long corridor. The Qing Emperors didn't spend money on economic and military construction, they spent that on the extravagant life ,  leading the country to be weaker and weaker. Thank you for telling us that part of history! We should remember the history,  for it reminds us what we should do to make our motherland  strong !

  • A visit to the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan Park) 2018-3-14 08:54

    There are quite a number of factors result into the loss. But if China had Yoshino (speed at 22.5 knots) instead of Japan had it, Yellow Sea Battle would have been another story. Most of the warships on China's side were much slower than Japan's, nominal speed was about 15 knots, but actual speed on that day was only 10.5 knots because of poor quality of fuel.

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