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Last Sunday Beijing's factories had closed because of the APEC-conference and this meant that we were admiring completely blue skies for the whole day. We decided to visit Yuan Ming Yuan, aka the old summer palace, which is located in the Haidian district, north west of Beijing. I had not gone there even though I've stayed in Haidian maybe a month in my life. There just never had been a good time. However, now the weather was perfect for some running around in gardens and parks. This foremer empirical palace garden was built in the 18th century and destroyed in the 1860 opium wars by the British & French. After that the imperial court moved to the forbidden palace. The size of this area is remarkable: Five times the forbidden city, eight times the Vatican. So yeah, we were using our legs a lot. There is several big lakes in the area, which have got millions of lotus flowers, now past their season obviously. But never mind, the gardens are impressive. My son was most enthusastic about the maze that he could run around in and overall the amount of space and water and everything. So nice place with a three-year-old. In comparison to the new summer palace which was built to be the summer home of the emperor as they decided that fixing this one would be a tedious effort, well, there's obviously only ruins here. But still worth the visit if you are in Beijing for longer and the weather is like this.