Beijing has lots of beautiful parks. Many were originally built by rulers as palace and temple grounds.
HouHai is a manmade lake, one of 3 lakes in a row, lined with willow trees in a hutong neighborhood. We were here during the week and saw people fishing and contemplating.
Beihai Park is an imperial garden near theForbidden City. It was built in the 10th century and is filled with palaces and temples.
The nine dragon screen was built in 1402 and is made of glazed bricks. There are nine dragons on each side.
Beihai lake covers more than half of this park. The White Dagoba Temple on Jade Islet is in the distance.
We took one of these pretty boats over to Jade Islet.
Young soldiers were happy to pose for a picture.
Jingshan Park, next to the Forbidden City, is a hill constructed from soil that was excavated to build moats for the Imperial Palace.
Art imitates life or is it the other way around?