(July 22): It is midsummer in Beijing and the clear, blue skies are enough to entice people to visit the city’s many landmarks and public parks. Some seek the coolness of the Xiangshan hills or the waterways and gardens around the Summer Palace, or perhaps venture into the countryside and visit the Ming Tombs, where it might be a little cooler. Others visit the lesser-known Yuanming Yuan ruins, also called the Old Summer Palace.  

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