Monday, May 31, 2010

Sunday in Beijing

The students travelled today to visit the Summer Palace, which was built by the Empress Dowager, the only ruling Empress of China.  The Summer Palace includes many buildings, a Buddhist temple, a man-made lake, and a marble boat. 

I visited a park I had not seen before since I had already been to the Summer Palace.  North of the Forbidden City, it was called Ditan Park and contained the Temple of Earth.  While not as developed or popular as the Temple of Heaven, it was a very pleasant park (relatively uncrowded) and contained various signs and displays regarding good health.

clip_image001Shrine within Ditan Park.

clip_image002Central platform of the Temple of Earth.

clip_image003Sign in Ditan Park.

We ate again at our favorite restaurant near the hotel where the students are staying.  The students  are doing well with the food, with two of the students taking a particular liking to dumplings.  While we have been trying different foods at the restaurants, they are developing some favorites that they like to have each time we go to the restaurant.  See below for some of the dishes we order at this dinner.

clip_image004Students dining at our favorite restaurant in Beijing.


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