Beijing, China

Built in 1750 as a place of relaxation and entertainment for royal families of China, the Summer Palace is a “Camp David” of sorts. The grounds of this imperial garden are meticulously landscaped to perfection. The traditional buildings, complete with the reds, blues and greens that had become so familiar to me in this region of the world, overlook a huge lake. There is something so serene about this place. Perhaps it convinced me to let me guard down a little, and finally breathe and relax after a long week of traveling. I could tell it had a similar effect on a couple who, with no music to be heard, suddenly began dancing a waltz. And it just seemed fitting to do so.

*These pictures were scanned from film originals, so the quality is less than ideal.

k.h. 2004


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