Still going through archival posts to make more room for new material…
More images from my trip to China!
In this case, we had a very nice tour of the Summer Palace, which was home to the infamous Empress, Ci Xi. My feelings about her are effectively summarised by this paragraph on her Wikipedia page:
“Historians both in China and abroad have generally portrayed her as a despot and villain responsible for the fall of the [Qing] Dynasty, while others have suggested that her opponents among the reformers succeeded in making her a scapegoat for problems beyond her control, that she stepped in to prevent disorder, that she was no more ruthless than other rulers, and that she was even an effective if reluctant reformer in the last years of her life.”
This was my second favourite place in Beijing, after the Great Wall.