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The Castle

The Summer Palace, Beijing – April 2009

On our first day in Beijing we were taken by bus to the Imperial Summer Palace. This is a quite large complex, bigger- I think- than the Forbidden City. It is situated beside a lake, and the surroundings are quite beautiful.

One interesting thing about this place: the lake is man-made and the hill upon which the castle sits was created from the soil and rocks that were dug out of the ground to create the lake. Now that's a landscaping project!

Used in this production were Topaz Denoise 3 , Nik Viveza , and Topaz Adjust 5 .

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The Boat of Purity and Ease

or, "He wants a boat made of what??

The Marble Boat doesn't actually float. It is a pavilion built to resemble a boad, complete with imitation paddle wheels. The upper 'deck' structures are made of wood and painted to look like marble, but the base is real stone.

Ah, the life of an emperor!

Processed with Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CS6, NIK HDR Efex Pro 2, Topaz Detail 2.

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China's Unofficial National Flower

The Peony

The peony is the unofficial national flower of China, so it is rare to see a public garden or temple grounds that does not have peonies.

They grow in several different forms- some are like typical garden flowers on thin stems, some grow on short shrubs, and these were on tree-like plants four to six feet tall. The larger branches are two to three inches in diameter.

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The Castle

The Summer Palace, Beijing – April 2009

On our first day in Beijing we were taken by bus to the Imperial Summer Palace. This is a large complex, bigger- I think- than the Forbidden City. It is situated beside a lake, and the surroundings are quite beautiful.

One interesting thing about this place: the lake is man-made- and the mountain upon which the castle sits was created from the soil and rocks that were dug out of the ground to create the lake. Now that's a landscape project!

There's another version of this photo in the China album, but I decided to take another run at it, since both Photoshop(CC) and its plugins are much improved in helpful technology since I did the previous one.

There were problems with the original raw file stemming primarily from the tiny sensor in the camera. That, and my marginal skills. D'Oh! Good thing I know a bit about #PhotoshopCC !

Used in this production were #TopazDenoise3 , #Nik #Viveza , and #TopazAdjust5 .

#Travel #China #Beijing #SummerPalace

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Boat of Purity and Ease

or, "He wants a boat made of what??

The Marble Boat doesn't actually float. It is a pavilion built to resemble one, complete with imitation paddle wheels. The upper 'deck' structures are made of wood and painted to look like marble, but the base is real stone. Ah, the life of an emperor!

April 2009
Processed with Adobe Camera Raw, Photoshop CS6, NIK HDR Efex Pro 2, Topaz Detail 2.

#China #Beijing #SummerPalace #MarbleBoat #Travel

 

The 17 Arches Bridge

It's almost unfair to be taken to two attractions in a single day that each probably deserves a whole day. It's just how the tourist death march works, I guess.

On this morning, before going to the Forbidden City in the afternoon, we were taken to the Imperial Summer Palace, a complex of buildings beside a man-made lake, and set on a large hill composed of the soil and rock that had been dug out to make the lake. A beautiful setting, and one that would be even more interesting with enough time to really explore the details.

#travel #China #Beijing #SummerPalace #Bridge #Water