March 10, Day 3: Lost in Summer Palace

After our sumptuous meal at Wangfujing, it’s time to see the famous Forbidden City. We just walk towards the entrance since it’s near. To our surprise, there is a very very long line going to Forbidden City. Plus so many police officers around the area. We were thinking why there are so many locals going inside the Forbidden. Is it holiday? Do they have any special celebration? We didn’t know why…
Our trip has been a social media retreat as China is regulating the use of internet and Facebook. You need to have a vpn to be able to access facebook. Although we have wifi at the hotel, it’s too weak that we can’t even use google. So when I got home, I checked the internet and found out that a Popular Irish  accordionist Sharon Shannon will perform today at the Forbidden’s City Concert Hall. So that explains why there’s so many people going inside the Forbidden City.

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So instead of waiting to get in due to long qeue, we decided to go to Summer Palace.

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Entrance fee is 20cny cheaper so Tikoy had to give us back the excess fee. Another plus points for TF – very honest!

Look, frozen lake!

The cold always bothered me anyway! :-)

The cold always bothered me anyway! 🙂

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We went up to see the temples. As usual, another photoshoot opportunity for us.

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But due to my addiction for solo photos, we were separated from the group. Good thing, I’m with Darvs who is my photographer now.

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We bumped with Liz and kha who is already going down. They don’t have energy to walk again to see the lake. We continued walking and tried looking for our groupmates but didn’t find them.

view from the top

view from the top

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breath taking view of the lake...how to get there? :-(

breath taking view of the lake…how to get there? 😦

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my 4th door selfie?!?

my 4th door selfie?!?

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the road to the lake... we were so near :-(

the road to the lake…
we were so near 😦

We heard Tagalog words and thought it was them but it’s another group of Pinoy tourist. So we continued roaming around the place searching for the lake but no luck.

which way to the lake?

which way to the lake?

which way?

which way?

lovely arts

lovely arts

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so near, yet so far

so near, yet so far

So we decided to go down to check if our groupmates is at the entrance already. But they’re not yet there. Probably still waiting for us to show up at the lake. Darvs told Liz and Kha that we will try to look for the lake and just wait for us until 5pm, in case, the group is back at the entrance.

So we started walking again but using the different trail. We just kept walking and took lots of photos! More door selfies!

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yes, started the trek all over again

yes, started the trek all over again

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And voila, we found the lake!!!

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Glad that we continued searching for this magnificent lake. The view is really nice. Although the lake is no longer covered with snow but it still provides a beautiful view.

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lovin' all the doors haha!

lovin’ all the doors haha!

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After a few photos, we decided to go back to the entrance. It’s getting dark now, would be difficult to walk as we didn’t see light post. And we still have to go and visit the Bird’s Nest & Water Cube.

On our way back, wee realized that if we just continue walking down, we should have found the lake earlier. We are so close in our first try. I think they need to put more signs. But anyway, it’s still a success story.

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