Yiheyuan -- Summer Palace

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biggirlzoe biggirlz…
1 reviews
A natural palace for royal families Sep 09, 2015
The two main elements of the garden are Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. Kunming Lake, with an exquisite building in the middle, takes up three quarters of the garden's 290 hectares. The garden consists of three parts: the political activity area, the empress's living quarter and the scenic area which separately centers on the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity(1), the Hall of Jade Ripples(2) and the Hall of Happiness and Longevity(3), and Longevity Hill(4) and Kunming Lake. The groups of buildings, hills and lakes, together with the background of West Hills, give an ever changing scene.

The buildings on the southern slope of Longevity Hill are characteristic of the garden. Cloud-Dispelling Hall, the Pavilion of the Buddhist Incense(5) and the Wisdom Sea(6) on the axis line are flanked by the Wheel Hall, Wufang Pavilion and Baoyun Pavilion and are major attractions. The Pavilion of the Buddhist Incense is 41 meters high and stands on a 20-meter-high terrace. At the foot of Longevity Hill is the 728-meter-long passageway which links the three areas together. The passageway is famous for its paintings and at its western end is a 36-meter-long Marble Boat(7).
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vesxy vesxy
3 reviews
Beauty for the Eyes Mar 28, 2011
Summer Palace is a must-go if you love walking and beautiful sights. "Beautiful" doesn't do justice to the place. It's more than that. Do get a tour guide. Learn about the history! Fascinating. In the past, the queens had their own shops in the palace. Shops that were only opened for the queens. (In the past, the royalties could not go out except the King I think). Anyway, the man-made lake is amazing too. You will understand why once you see it. have fun. :)
kay51244 kay51244
1 reviews
summer palace Mar 20, 2011
there is a historical and beautiful place, even if we don't know much on history, it's still a wonderful place for us. as to the name summer palace, the best season to visit there is summer, cuz it's too cold to walk along the Kunming lake and no green plant. all in all, summer palace is worth to visit.
crystalevans crystale…
24 reviews
The Imperial Garden -- Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) Dec 10, 2009
With its handsome buildings, pretty scenery and tumultuous history, the Summer Palace is a wonderful place to explore. The most leisurely way to escape the crowd is to take a stroll on the willow-shaded paths and arched bridges that encircled the Kunming Lake - bring you camera and a picnic.

The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), located in the northwestern outskirts of Beijing about 20 km (12.43 miles) from the central part of the city, is the largest and most famous imperial garden in China. It is the best-preserved imperial garden in the world and one of the largest of its kind still in existence in China today.

The palace features hundreds of architecturally distinct buildings, halls, pavilions, pagodas, bridges and corridors dispersed among magnificent and elegant gardens. It has an area of 290 hectares (717 acres), three quarters of which is water. The palace has three unique areas: Court Area, Longevity Hill Area and Kunming Lake Area.

The Summer Palace is a monument to classical Chinese architecture, in terms of both garden design and construction. Borrowing scenes from surrounding landscapes, it radiates not only the grandeur of an imperial garden but also the beauty of nature in a seamless combination that best illustrates the guiding principle of traditional Chinese garden design: "The works of men should match the works of Heaven".

The garden was originally named the Garden of Clear Ripples (Qingyi). It was a summer resort for the emperors in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). In 1860, the garden was burnt down by the Anglo-French Allied Forces. In 1866, Empress Dowager Cixi rebuilt the garden using embezzled funds from the imperial navy and named it the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). In 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, the Eight-Power Allied Force ransacked the palace. After another reconstruction in 1903, the garden was restored to its original beauty and magnificence. As the grandest garden in China, it was added to the World Culture Heritage list in 1998.
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