Pandas and Palaces

Beijing Zoo is home to around 450 different species and has a population of some 5,000 animals. Some of the most popular attractions among visitors are the wild and rare animals of China, especially the Panda House, built in 1989 and covers 2.5 acres. It takes in considerations of housing the Pandas and also replicates the style of traditional Chinese gardens and is shaped in the pattern of a Tai Chi diagram. You can’t visit China without seeing Pandas, so we had to go to the zoo. We were a little disappointed though. Asian zoos are not great and it was a hot day. We saw a few pandas but nothing like we saw in Hong Kong a few years ago. All the animals at the zoo today were pretty hot and tired

You can take a boat ride from the Zoo to the Summer Palace. Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. It is a luxurious royal garden for royal families to rest and entertain. It later became the main residence of royal members the end of the Qing Dynasty. In the Summer it is such a beautiful spot and we decided to go here this time rather than the Forbidden city which is so huge. Besides we went to the Imperial Palace in Shenyang which is an exact mini version of the Forbidden City. We didn’t realize just how big the Summer Palace is. We toured the main palace, saw the main bridge but time just did not allow us anymore.

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It was another amazing day!

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Adventure For Two

I am from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada and I'm back from traveling with my husband on an expat assignment to foreign lands. 2011-2012 we were in Shenyang, China. Spring 2012- Spring 2013 we were in Resende,RJ Brazil then back to Shenyang, China in July 2013 until the end of July 2014. Expat life WAS amazing! Adventure abounds no matter where we travel to. We really enjoyed the amazing opportunity to live and experience culture and tradition in these places. BUT now we are finished and adjusting to life in our small town in Canada. Our days of travel and adventure are not over.

One thought on “Pandas and Palaces”

  1. Boy, you’re right about those Chinese zoos. The first time my wife took me to the zoo in Shenyang, back in 1991, I was struck by the fact that the male peacocks had no feathers. That’s because the brightly colored plummage had been plucked and was on sale at the zoo. We did get to have our picture taken on the double-humped camel at the zoo, however. Believe I saw you on a similar camel in one of your posts.

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