Chinese place names (Bejing – Forbidden City and Summer Palace) 4

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There is something enchanting about China, namely the names of some of the places you will be going to if, and when, you visit here.
front walls of the forbidden city in bejing china

picture of the main entrance to the Forbidden City

Inside the Forbidden City (which was really a worthwhile stop), you can see the Supreme Harmony Hall, the Complete Harmony Hall and the Preserving Harmony Hall, which are all back, to back to back of each other.  Go can walk through the Heavenly Purity Gate (I was glad they didn’t have a vengeful God).  There is the Palace of Peace and Tranquility and the Heroic Splendor Hall.  I wandered through the Pavilion of Literature Profundity, but I don’t think it rubbed off on me.
summer palace lake view bejing china

hazy view of the Summer Palace

Not to be outdone, the Summer Palace has a collection of impressive buildings — though I think 14.7% of the entire population of China was there on the Tuesday that I visited.  The number of people did reduce the effect of the Garden of Virtue and Harmony and the Spacious Pavilion — not so spacious given the number of tourists.
Though the Pavilion of Bright Scenery was so and Realm of Multitudinous Fragrance did tickle the olfactory glands a bit. There were a bunch of them here that I simply loved: the Hall of Jade Ripples, Hall of Nourishing Pleasures, Inviting the Moon Gate, Lingering Interest Courtyard, Pavilion of Forgotten Desires and Accompanying Clouds (I cursed the clear sky this day), the Hall Embracing the Universe, the Glazed Pagoda of Many Treasures, the Hall for Listening to Orioles, the Heart-Purifying Pavilion, Strolling through a Picture, True Meanings of Scenery, the Gate Tower of Cloud-Retaining Eaves, the Abode of Clouds and Pines, the Hall of Dispelling Clouds, the Clouds Gathering Temple (I’m sensing a theme here), the Pavilion of Clear and Carefree, the Pavilion of Mountain Scene and Water Brilliance, and the Scenic Area of ‘Pictures of Farming and Weaving.’ I felt enlightened just wandering around for a couple days — wonderful Beijing.

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About Michael Hodson

I’m an attorney that took off on my birthday in December of 2008 to circumnavigate the globe without ever getting on an airplane. After 16 months, 6 continents and 44 countries, I made it all the way back home. Right now, I am back on the road writing about it all.

4 thoughts on “Chinese place names (Bejing – Forbidden City and Summer Palace)

  • travellyn

    I have visited both the Summer Palace and the Forbidden City in Beijing, but I must say I gave up trying to remember all those names, they are such a mouthful and a mindful to remember. You have done well!! I have a matching photo of the summer palace but your are kind calling it haze, I think it was mostly smog. Good post.

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