This is the second…

This is the second entrance gate to the Summer Palace. You haul yourself out there (I took the bus!), you haul yourself up staircase after staircase and when you finally get yourself up to the tippity top you can’t see jack.

It is though a magnificent site. I think in Beijing anyway we-the-people are doing an amazing job of making happy, optimistic lives despite the disappearance of the good old days. I’ve just never seen streets so full of people smiling at each other, laughing freely, looking healthy, happy, and wise.

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