On the early morning of April 2, 2017, Jenny took us to the Emperor’s summer palace. The emperor used this palace during the summer as a relaxing paradise away from the inner city. This palace is more like a national park. It includes a lake, multiple islands, temples, and living quarters for the emperor, empress, and his many concubines. Although we did not spend a great deal of time here, we were still able to see many of the great sights. My favorite was the long corridor. This is the longest painted corridor in the world. It stretches along the lake and has beautiful depictions of Hangzhou. This was a gift to the emperor’s mother because she missed her home town of Hangzhou.
After leaving the crowded streets of the summer palace, we enjoyed an authentic Beijing noodle style lunch. It was served with a verity of vegetables, meats and sauces. This was a great cultural experience as well as a way to decompress after the summer palace.
The Forbidden city and Tiananmen square was much bigger than I expected. It comprised of thousands of rooms that were used for living, working, ceremonies, and other uses for the emperor. The palace itself is a kilometer long. Pacing through each layer of the palace was very interesting to see how each palace changed. As we reached, the gardens and living quarters it was cool to see were they actually lived and walked as the emperor and empress. Jenny explained to us that the empress was actually more of a political marriage. The emperor most likely did not love the empress; instead, he had his mass selection of concubines.
After leaving the Forbidden City, we decompressed at the hotel. Dinner was served at a dumpling restaurant. They served multiple types of dumpling, vegetables, and meats. Our last night was spent in the Karaoke club. You are your group rent out a room and sing your heart out. We had solos by The J Tulungen, The Great Jessica Harding ft. Miss Hayes on back up and many other great artists. All and all it was a great trip and one of the best experiences of my life. I would like to thank everyone for his or her support and allowing his or her amazing children to join me on this experience.