Yuan Ming Yuan

These past two weeks have been quite busy for our household. We’ve entertained visitors with new age (or medieval) exercise equipment, attended readings by Dave Eggers and David Sedaris, hosted a housewarming party and I finished up my last week at work.

Greg and Bucko’s childhood camp friend, Chelsea, came for a visit, and we decided it was the perfect time to check out the Old Summer Palace. Compared to the more widely known tourist attraction, the Old Summer Palace is mostly unmaintained ruins surrounded by gardens and lakes, currently dusted with frost and frozen solid. After convincing Chinese bystanders to join us on the ice, they took the fun a step further by bringing fist-sized rocks and repeatedly bashing them against the ice. Luckily for all of us, the ice really was rock solid.

On our way to the current main attraction, a 15 ft fake snow mound for tubing, these mystical chairs and bikes caught our attention and maintained it for close to an hour.

Motley Crue

Once we were able to drag ourselves away from whatever you would call those things, it was getting dark so we hurriedly took in the rest of the attractions. One of which was a caged area full of various stuffed animals, including but not limited to penguins, polar bears, panda bears, panthers and deer. What was most surprising was not how they managed to recreate the animals with incredible similitude to their breathing counterparts, but how harmoniously they appeared to live together.


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