Today was a nasty, steamy, polluted, over-hot day.
But we needed to get out, so we drove to the Old Summer Palace, in the northwest part of town, near Beida University. And I was glad we went.
There were very few tourists. The Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) was destroyed in the 1800s, so there's not much left to do but wander through the grounds and clamber over ruins. Which, as you might imagine, is a perfect way to spend a Chinese weekend if you're a kid. And actually, inside the grounds it seemed much cooler, perhaps because of the shade, the breeze, or the massive ponds covered in lilypads.
So a good time was had by all, despite the heat and poor air quality. The kids were so well-behaved, in fact, that we decided to treat them to pizza afterwards. But as we drove there, the enormous Sprite Aidan had downed to keep cool bubbled over, and he started vomiting. Ewww.
So, no pizza. But still, all in all, a great day.