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Beijing Tour To Summer Palace

Summer Palace
Summer Palace

The Summer Palace is a famous classical imperial garden in Beijing. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by the Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an area of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometers was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build the Longevity Hill. In the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and many other classical-style architectural structures.

The Summer Palace started out life as the "Garden of Clear Ripples" in 1750 (the 15th year of reign of Emperor Qianlong). Artisans reproduced the garden's architecture styles of various palaces in China. The Kunming Lake was created by extending an existing body of water to imitate the West Lake in Hangzhou. The palace complex suffered two major attacks - during the Anglo-French allied invasion of 1860 (with the Old Summer Palace also ransacked at the same time), and during the Boxer Rebellion, in an attack by the eight allied powers in 1900. The garden survived and was rebuilt in 1886 and 1902, it served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi.
In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value." It is a popular tourist destination but also serves as a recreational park.

Relate Beijing Tour To Summer Palace

PT_01: One Day Private Beijing Tour To Forbidden City + Summer Palace + Temple of Heaven

PT_02: One Day Private Beijing Tour To Tiananmen Square + Forbidden City + Summer Palace

PT_08: One Day Private Beijing Tour To Badaling Great Wall + Summer Palace

PT_09: One Day Private Beijing Tour To Mutianyu Great Wall + Summer Palace

PT_10: One Day Private Beijing Tour To Juyongguan Great Wall + Summer Palace

SIC_03: Beijing One Day Coach Tour To Badaling Great Wall And Summer Palace

SIC_04: Beijing Bus Day Tour To Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple Of Heaven & Summer Palace

HDT_05: Beijing Half Day Tour To Summer Palace

MT_02: Beijing Muslim Tour B: One Day Trip To Summer Palace, Niujie Mosque and Temple of Heaven


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