Thursday, November 29, 2012

Huanyuan Gardens & 5 Room Hall - Xian, China

The historians recorded that the Huaqing Palace which was dated 3000 years ago & used to have beautiful sprawling gardens and Imperial Hot Spring Bathing Pools (6000 years ago) in their 85,560 sq meters vicinity at the foot of Mount Lishan. This post will cover the areas where the beautiful scenic Huanyuan Gardens once stood, in adjacent land of the Imperial Hot Springs.

Emperor Kangxi once stayed here too, in the year 1703 which was later followed by Emperor Guangxu who lived here with his mother the Empress Dowager Cixi in 1900.



I was very excited when I walked through the huge arches and greeted the old bridges with thousands of orange red Koi fishes swimming gracefully all over the lakes. The feeling was so fascinating and I felt like walking inside in a  Romeo & Juliet's play.



The water was freezing cold and the fishes were in motionless mode always. So the water looked like mirrors to make perfect photographs.




The Chinese styled buildings behind were the various function rooms during the last reign of Chiang Kai Shek's power struggle in China after the fall of Qing Dynasty. The rolling hills are the foot of Mount Lishan.




  The scenic photos will make nice postcards!




My honey was shivering and shaking all over in front of the White Lotus Pavilion which housed the large dining hall of Chiang Kai Shek. It was built in the year 1878.



Here in this lavish banquet room, Chiang Kai Shek used to entertain only the highest ranking Generals from the Kuomintang Government during his hideout years in Xian, China.






 It was lovely to hop around from the various pavilions around the scenic lakes.




All their rooms were very narrow sized and this room was the reception area to receive distinguished guests of Chiang Kai Shek.



 ......A Thing Of Beauty Is A Joy Forever.....



 The small hideout room where Emperor Guangxu and his mother the Empress Dowager Cixi had stayed in.




This tiny sized Qing Dynasty's Imperial Hot Spa pool was a built by imitating the shape of Concubine Yang's pool during the Tang Dynasty. The Empress Dowager had soaked inside this. Now everyone threw coins and dollar notes inside!!!!!!





 The lovely arch made a nice frame for the Qing Dynasty's Pavilion.




The famous "5 Room Hall" behind me was the shelter of Empress Dowager Cixi after the Eight-Power Allied Force captured Peking in 1900, and was also the temporary residence of Chiang Kai-shek, the leader of the Chinese Nationalist Party during the world-famous "Xian Incidence" in 1936.







 The common meeting room for Chiang Kai Shek and his troops.






 There were several bullets holes shot by Chiang Kai Shek's assassins but he survived. The wall was so thick and made with concrete bricks!






 The private office room of Chiang Kai Shek.





The personal bedroom of Chiang Kai Shek where his portrait was taken with Madam Soong May Ling adorned the walls. When he was shot in 1936, he fled through the windows beside his bed and ran into hiding at the Mount Lishan jungles.






 There were several windows being riddled with bullets during the famous "Xian Incident" in year 1936.


 At both ends of the "5 Room Hall" there were 2 rooms where Chiang Kai Shek's bodyguards slept.






 The lookout balcony where you could admire the whole grounds where the Huaqing Palace once stood during the Tang Dynasty at the foot of scenic Mount Lishan.





 .......Do I look like the last Prince Of The Qing Dynasty?.......



 .......She must have been my Princess of the Qing Dynasty..........




My soul stood here for a long time and drifted around to admire the tranquil beauty of the ancient Chinese Pavilions built during the Qing Dynasty. I could imagine the colourful troops carrying the Emperors & Empresses around in their red and gold Dragon embedded Imperial Sedan Chairs. The chamberlains would announce the arrivals of Hamsaperor SP and Hamsapress Ah Hua.



There were so many winding steps and pavilions at interval corners! I am sure Chiang Kai Shek had many slow romantic walks here with his last wife Madame Soong May Ling. I loved that place so much and shall return!





 The End. 

Hope you enjoyed this post as much as I did. All the photos were snapped with my latest Samsung Galaxy SIII. It was such a "Light & Easy" mobile camera!


54 comments:

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    1. Kakakaka, he ended this post with Samsung Galaxy SIII. Cheh!

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    2. Sumsung Galaxy SIII takes better pictures than Samsung Galaxy Tab.

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    3. hehehehe . your trip sponsor by s3 ke? kekekeke

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    4. How I wished that Samsung will read this and give me a reward!

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    5. Taking photos with SIII is definitely less weird than if using the Tab! TO me la. I bet SK would say the same also. ;)

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  2. This post like you turn into a poet . soulful

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    1. I read it over again and agree that I sounded like a poet or Grandma! Wakakakaka

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    2. A romantic at heart la. Don't say grandma! LOL

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  3. The last princess of Qing Dynasty is so young and sweet. The last prince of Qing Dynasty is so lucky.

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    1. Ish, I thought Yannie is going to say, the last prince of Qing Dynasty is so handsome, kakakaka. Annay must be disappointed.

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    2. hahaha... lol..
      yannie don't dare to write it le.
      In her heart annay is the MAN.. kakakaka

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    3. Lol! You are right, SP. Yannie told me she can imagine how tall annay is, by scrutinizing his 'prince' photo.

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    4. Blush! Blush! Blush! I didn't expect that photo to be zoomed in so closely. I hardly took photos of myself!

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  4. those palace looks very beautiful...
    China is so fascinating with so many palaces..

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    1. You will love it as much as I do. Next year you follow me to Dunhuang and Urumqi ok.

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  5. I really don't understand every time ppl like to throw money inside..
    I went to the Ming Tomb in China and everyone also did the same

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    1. People are nuts! They hoped to strike numbers!

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    2. People throw coins everywhere. That fake canal at Genting also people got throw coins. What la.... o.O

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  6. why looks like a last prince?
    the fellow very handsome one meh? the fellow is a shorty le..

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    1. Kakakakakaka! I dont even know who is the last Prince of Qing Dynasty!

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  7. I do believe that during the spring the place will be very nice..
    maybe there will be a lot of flowers...

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    1. Yes there will be flowers and lots of crowded tourists who love to push everyone. Better visit in Winter!

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    1. I think it was a well guarded row of 5 rooms.

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  9. you so miss me? every time also think& visualize about me? kakakaka

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    1. You are so hamsap that your ghosts and image appears everywhere!

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  10. It's quite convenient using one's smartphone. But I still prefer to use a proper camera if given the choice.

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    1. What camera have you been using for all the lovely photos???? I am so lazy to carry bulky cameras inside my trouser pockets.

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    2. Tan Sri... where got people stash bulky DSLR in pockets.

      Hang around neck for everyone to see your expensive camera la! LOL

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  11. Wahhhh!!!! You so fat also so cold kah? All wrapped up like sio bak chang!!! LOL!!!!

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    1. Your mouth so filthy lately and got nothing nice to say meh????

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  12. fuyoh, another long long post!! this anay is slowly becoming foongpc already, OMG, please dont't!!! please~~~

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    1. Muahahahahahaha!!!!! Okay I won't do it. I have kept it short with bigger photos!!! Not good enough meh?

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    2. Long don't want but requested for shorter one?? Nooooooo....... I want LONG (post) and BIG (photos)!! More umph!

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    3. Short but got so many posts about one place also later people will complain!

      Hahahah!!!!!

      At least Tan Sri no tell us what he did every single strp of the way what... SK.

      But more posts. More photos. PLEASE!!!!

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  13. the koi fish are too cold to swim or it's tougher to swim in cold water?? good then anay can easy catch them and cook them for dinner..

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    1. Okay I will cook Curry Koi Fish Head for you to eat!

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    2. The fish are hibernating la! Minimize the movement to waste the energy~ am I correct? Kekekeke!

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    3. Minimize movement so NOT to waste energy, izit Yvonne? ;p

      Eih, how actually fish hibernate ah? Macam frogs ke? Me so bodoh one la.

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  14. the 3rd and 4th photo are really nice, the view is so scenic (of course have to ignore those people who purposely ran into your shot).. very typical chinese architecture, and sure the Empress Dowager Cixi liked this place so much..

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    1. Letchumi must be Cixi and Anay the Xianfeng Emperor.. both of them running around the willow trees by the lake.. the bollywood style turn chinese style~~

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    2. Yo! Thambee so cre4ative! We loved the place and walked hand in hand. How to run??? All concrete!

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    3. SK, Xianfeng died and left his young Cixi to conquer China.... are you cursing annay to 'go' earlier and let Letchumi to enjoy the wrold? Choy!! Choy!! Choy!!!

      Annay better becomes Emperor Qian Long who was the longest-lived emperor of China!

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  15. fuyoh, anay pose so stylishly on the fence!! but the head how come looks so small as compared to the huge body?? haiyah, looking at the photo i was so worried that anay will lost his balance and then fell off the fence and drown into the lake!!!

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    1. Choi! Choi! Your head will down not mine!

      I was wrapped in 3 layers attire hence my kepala smaller.

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  16. love all your pictures..you made me wanna go there for sure one day..

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    1. Time for Wenn to fly East and not West!

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  17. aww *smile* u such a sweet person who says sweet thing bout ur hunny :)

    ok, this is a must place to go, so many history and so much thing to explore. and its beautiful! just like one of the palace in korea.

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    1. You have got a lovely and macho hubby too! He takes you to travel so often!

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  18. Wah! I really love the architecture and the details plus you really are great capturing the details, Tan Sri! :)

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  19. "Do I look like the last Prince Of The Qing Dynasty?" No, you look like the Current Cool Guy of China! ^^

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  20. beautiful palace and such a lovely garden to take a stroll.

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