After touring the famous sights of Beijing, I found China's Summer Palace the most beautiful and healthy place, nestled by a lake, river, hills, and forest. Explore its royal halls, gardens, and temple with me.
Built around 1750 by Emperor Qianlong, the Summer Imperial Palace in Beijing is one of the largest and most beautifully landscaped estates and architectural complexes in China and one of the most elaborate examples of classical Chinese gardens.
The Empress Dowager Ci Xi's Summer Palace was always a royal garden, but it became the summer residence of the Emperor and the royal family during the Qing Dynasty. Built by Quianlong from 1749 to 1764, the Summer Palace is mainly a park, much of which is taken up by Kunming Lake (James Gormley, June 2001).
Zhang Fei's fight with Ma Chao. Painting in the Long Corridor depicting a battle between Zhang Fei and Ma Chao, two of the future Five Tiger Generals of the Kingdom of Shu. The episode takes place in the Battle of Jiameng Pass in the historical Chinese novel “Romance of the Three Kingdoms".
The Blue Iris Stone. The gardens and courtyards of the Summer Palace are decorated with many unusual rock formations brought to the Palace from all over China. This bluish, glossy stone is the largest in any Chinese garden; it measures about 8 metres long by 2 metres high. It sits on the courtyard of the Hall of Happiness and Longevity.
The Marble Boat. The base of the lakeside pavilion was built with marble-looking stone. The superstructure is wood painted to simulate marble and decorated with mirrors and paintings. Obviously, the boat cannot float; it was used by Empress Cixi for lakeside dinning and receptions.