Pictures from my visit to the Summer Palace (颐和园) on 9 May 2012. It is too bad that everything is so grey — although I was told the pollution was much better than usual.

Tower of Buddhist Incense
(佛香阁; 佛香閣; Fóxiānggé)summerpalace4
Tower of Buddhist Incense
(佛香阁; 佛香閣; Fóxiānggé)summerpalace8
Pavilion of Precious Clouds
(宝云阁; 寶雲閣; Bǎoyúngé)summerpalace9
Hall of Dispelling Clouds
(排云殿; 排雲殿; Páiyúndiàn)
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Outside Wenchang Tower
(文昌阁; 文昌閣; Wénchānggé)summerpalace3
Hall of Dispelling Clouds
(排云殿; 排雲殿; Páiyúndiàn)
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Stone Boat
(石舫; Shífǎng)
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Suzhou Street
(苏州街; 蘇州街; Sūzhōujiē)
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Suzhou Street
(苏州街; 蘇州街; Sūzhōujiē)
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A very small selection of patterns I photographed in Beijing in May 2012 in the Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

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