Crowds, crowds and did I mention crowds?
We are en route from the U.S. to Tibet with a day in Beijing — my third visit to China’s capital. The first was in 1999, and even superficial changes since then are stunning. Built into the Road Scholar itinerary was a couple of hours in the stunning Summer Palace, a grandiose and elaborate treasure from the old Chinese Empire. It was crowded when I first visited , but now, there are mote people, more photo and video stops, selfie sticks that did not exist then.
The standard route through the palace remains unchanged — a walk through the gates, across a courtyard or too, a walk with an artificial lake on one side and a lovely arcade on the other, a look at the famous stone boat and a ride across the lake to a landing near the exit. Here are some pictures from my visit. As you can see from the entrance image. Taking any without a lot of people was a challenge. Taking them with a crowd was as simple as pointing the camera anywhere.