Summer Palace & the Marble Boat February 20th 2007 The Summer Palace is the place where the Emperor came to evade the heat in the Forbidden City in the summer. From the hilltop perch, the Emperor could survey the imperial navy drills.
The palace itself is constructed on a 60 meters high hill, named Longevity Hill. It consists of different temples, gardens, lakes, pavilions and corridors. Beside the hill there is also a lake, called the Kunming ... read more
Asia » China » Beijing » Summer Palace For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. A... ... read more
I'm Kurt, nearly 40 years old and living in Belgium.
I always wanted to see the world and explore other countries. Until now I've done a few -rather small- journeys. But to my feeling there are still a lot to places to explore ;-) I'm the kind of traveller that has done a different kind of trips: in group, alone, with some friends, with my wife (and kids), multiple day trekking in the mountains, city-trips, cultural trips, lazy vacations, ...
For the moment, my kids are too young to take them far abroad. That's why -in 2011- I decided to write down some of my travel-e... full info