the royal gardens

Princess Highway top / American Apparel skirt / Topshop sandals / ASOS sunglasses / Beijing markets ring & hairbow

Photos by mom

Today we visited two of the imperial royal gardens, Beihai Park and Jingshan Park. Beihai Park, which encircled a lake, was particularly enormous, and we walked for more than two hours along the lake without coming back to where we started. It was absolutely fascinating, though; the park has become somewhat of a gathering place for senior citizens, who can be found doing anything from playing cards or checkers, to participating in dance lessons, kareoke, plaing musical instruments, and my favorite, doing calligraphy on the sidewalk with giant sponge brushes dipped in water.

This was the second day in a row that we walked for at least six hours straight, and by the end of it, I was practically sleepwalking, but the memories and experiences and the endless sights and things to do were absolutely worth a couple hours of dying feet. :)