This time we took less time in getting ready and leave the hostel towards the Summer Palace.
It consists on a big lake around which you can find buildings of different nature, like the ancient vacation residence of the Empress, an old Navy school and hills that house different temples. Around the lake there are beautiful bridges and small boats that take you to the South Island or other parts of the park.
As with the Forbidden City, there were people everywhere. We saw a sign with the estimate number of visitors of the previous day (45000) and of the same day we went (58000!!). Additionally, the sky was very grey and foggy, so the combination of too many people and pollution took away some of the charm. We then found out that the Moon Festival was that same weekend, so it made sense that many nationals were spending their vacation in Beijing.
That night we tried a small restaurant near the hostel where you picked the ingredients of your choice and they would cook it in a soup for you. (It seems, though, that Carlos’s stomach didn’t appreciate the soup too much, so the following day he was sick and we spent it at the hostel.)