There are some of you that may remember the Alfred Hitchcock movie "Vertigo." There is a famous scene that eerily looks familiar to this staircase.
I've learned that there are advantages to taking the path less traveled. We were able to enter the Summer Palace from the rear, avoiding the throngs of waiting ticket holders. Upon entering, we were asked to wait in a small hallway. I wandered underneath the staircase, looked up and behold ... Vertigo!