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Summer Palace Beijing


Summer Palace Beijing


  • It is located in northwest area of Beijing, in the Haidian District, 15 kilometers from centre of Beijing. In 1998, it was included in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As being the well-preserved and largest Chinese park, it has greatly influenced Chinese landscape and horticulture with its cultural interests and renowned natural views. It has been known as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens' since a very long time.
  • The construction began in 1750 as a lavish royal garden for entertainment and rest of royal families. In the end of the Qing Dynasty, it turned into residence of royal members. However, it was destroyed by the Allied Force. As per records, the Summer Palace was reconstructed in 1888 for the first time. In 1900, the Summer Palace was damaged by the Eight-Power Allied Force, but was renovated in the next 2 years. It was open to the general public in 1924.



Summer Palace Beijing


  • The Summer Palace demonstrates the grandeur and the natural beauty of royal gardens. It is spread over an area of 742.8 acres and comprises mainly of Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. There are more than 3,000 ancient structures including corridors, bridges, towers, and pavilions. Four main parts are: Lake Area, Rear Hill Area, Front Hill Area and Court Area.
  • The area occupies a bigger part, and opens up the landscape of the sights around Back Lake and Kunming Lake. Long Gallery connects the West Causeway of the lake to the East Causeway; both are interspersed with wharfs, bridges and pavilions. There are many famous attractions including Suzhou Market Street, Marble Boat, Pavilion of Bright Scenery, Spacious Pavilion, Hall of Embracing the Universe, Nanhu Island, Bronze Ox, Seventeen-Arch Bridge, etc.



Summer Palace