Summer Palace tour
Our tour guide today was Lucy Lui from People to People in Beijing. A 26 year-old English and Chinese Folklore Studies graduate from a local university, Lucy lives on the outskirts of Beijing and knows the ancient history of the city. She filled our day with history and stories of Beijing's Summer Palace. We spent the morning walking a small portion of the 100+ acre expanse. None of the buildings were open to the public, however there was an interesting photo exhibit of the 19th century Summer Palace documenting the destruction during by the British and French during the 1860 Opium War. At noon we had lunch at a nearby restaurant, then the afternoon was spent visiting the historic Hutong neighborhood of old Beijing.