The biggest concentration of palace buildings is on Longevity Hill.
A huge lake sits in the center of the Summer Palace complex.
The Yu Feng Pagoda is barely visible behind the haze.
This pagoda appeared to be unrestored, yet the colors remained vibrant.
The inside of its roof.
Longevity Hill was built by the Qianlong emperor in honor of his mother's 60th birthday.
Keeping watch on a bridge across the lake.
An unrestored roof.
A restored roof. (The number of animals on each corner shows the relative importance of the building.)
There are more than 3,000 buildings comprising the "Summer Palace." All of them are covered in handpainted panels like this one. No wonder Cixi had to embezzle to pay for it.
Another view of the Yu Feng Pagoda.
I love the turquoise and gold roof tiles on this pavilion.
Sometimes, China is confusing.