Here's the palace on other days.
I call them strange animals, because the sign said that the bridge was lined with 500 stone lions and 4 "strange animals" on each end of the bridge.
We spent a lot of time trying to get up to the summer palace. We went up various walk ways, which involved multiple hills and a lot of stairs, which wouldn't be a big deal, except that we'd climbed the great wall the day before and were extremely sore. That and apparently you can't go up to the palace, so we always ended up at the same place: The other side of a wall with no door.
They did have a ton of souvenir shops with cheap items that were very nice, so I did my souvenir shopping here.
They also served duck tongue, duck liver and duck head.
And a whole duck.
Anna put her chicken through it.
It was chocolate sauce.
Afterwards, we went to get green tea ice cream at a shop we went to 2 days earlier, but it was torn out and being reconstructed. So no more ice cream, which was unfortunate.
The next day, we headed to various temples, which I will write about later! The weather was wonderful the next day.