Serenity in ChengDe Summer Palace

Serenity in ChengDe Summer Palace, China, 2004

Most people know Beijing's Summer Palace, but a few hours of train away lies ChengDe's Summer Palace, which is at least as beautiful as the capital's and quieter. At the end of a zig-zag bridge to prevent ghosts from reaching it, this exquisite pavilion with its carved window frame offers calm and a wonderful view to rest from the hectic life of Chinese cities.