On May 29th 2013, our group traveled to the Summer Palace, one of many extravagant places that the emperors got to enjoy for themselves. As soon as I walked into the palace’s environment, I was immediately humbled. The scenery was simply breathe taking. I have been in China for six days now, and all I have seen since I’ve been here is an Asian New York City where there are buildings everywhere you look. But alas, I have finally seen a beautiful place in Beijing! When standing on the edge of lake, if you look out ahead of you, you will see a background of green mountains that start to get hazy the further back they are. There is one small hill that sits at the base of the mountain range and on the edge of the water, and on top of the hill rests a tall temple that almost resembles a light house. This temple added such a mysterious but charming aspect to the whole place. Then, when you look to your right you will see a huge palace. The picture above shows the top of that palace. To get to the top, we had to climb many stairs, but believe me when I say that the view of the lake and the huge city of Beijing was definitely well worth the short amount of breathe we had once we finally got to the top. After taking in all the splendor of this place I can’t help but love the peace that it gives. Yet, the humbling part isn’t just the beauty of the scenery, but rather it’s the fact that a girl from lower-middle class Houston, Texas was able to travel 13 hours and 7,000 miles to witness the history, architecture, and beauty that Beijing, China had to offer. I shouldn’t be this privileged to be here, but I am and I’m grateful.