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Photo Essay: Beijing's Summer Palace Special

Beijing - 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.

Photo Essay: Tour of Beijing Special

Beijing - After five months of teaching English in northeast China, I toured Beijing with a group of Chinese tourists and experienced the famous city's historic and modern wonders first-hand.

Beijing’s Summer Palace ‘The Garden of Health and Harmony’ Special

Beijing - 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.
 

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The Empress Dowager Ci Xi s Summer Palace was always a royal garden  but it became the summer reside...
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).
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One of the gates leading into the Summer Palace
One of the gates leading into the Summer Palace
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The Dowager Empress Cixi s throne room
The Dowager Empress Cixi's throne room
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The Battle of Zhuxian County. This painting in the Long Corridor shows a scene from a decisive battl...
The Battle of Zhuxian County. This painting in the Long Corridor shows a scene from a decisive battle in the war between the Jin and the Song Dynasties. In the Battle of Zhuxian County, the Song army was nearly beaten, but the courage of its generals changed a near defeat into a victory.
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Lake Kunming at the Summer Palace. At the center-right is the Bridge of 17 Arches and at the far rig...
Lake Kunming at the Summer Palace. At the center-right is the Bridge of 17 Arches and at the far right, the Nanhu Islet.
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An overview of the hills  lake  and far-off temple where we had to walk
An overview of the hills, lake, and far-off temple where we had to walk
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Details of the paintings on the eaves of the covered walkway (each eave had a different scene)
Details of the paintings on the eaves of the covered walkway (each eave had a different scene)
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The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
The museum on the stop toward the top of the temple
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A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
A courtyard with painted windows that look out onto the lake
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A strange creature guards the Summer Palace while throngs of people enter
A strange creature guards the Summer Palace while throngs of people enter
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This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
This lion seemed to be playing with his ball-like creature
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The Tower of Literary Prosperity. Located on the shore at the east end of Longevity Hill  the Tower ...
The Tower of Literary Prosperity. Located on the shore at the east end of Longevity Hill, the Tower of Literary Prosperity is built on top of a fortress-like structure.
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The royal boat dock
The royal boat dock
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Longevity Hill  Summer Palace  Beijing. The main building on the center right is the Tower of Buddhi...
Longevity Hill, Summer Palace, Beijing. The main building on the center right is the Tower of Buddhist Fragrance. At the top of the hill is The Temple of the Sea of Wisdom. On the left center is The Marble Boat.
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A tour group listens to the story of how Dowager Empress Cixi imprisoned the young Chinese Emperor i...
A tour group listens to the story of how Dowager Empress Cixi imprisoned the young Chinese Emperor in this courtyard
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Front of the Temple of The Sea of Wisdom atop Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace  Beijing.
Front of the Temple of The Sea of Wisdom atop Longevity Hill in the Summer Palace, Beijing.
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The Blue Iris Stone. The gardens and courtyards of the Summer Palace are decorated with many unusual...
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.
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Creek and arch stone bridge next to a section of the 728 metre-long Long Corridor.
Creek and arch stone bridge next to a section of the 728 metre-long Long Corridor.
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A Chinese guard and deer statue by more royal halls
A Chinese guard and deer statue by more royal halls
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Zhang Fei s fight with Ma Chao. Painting in the Long Corridor depicting a battle between Zhang Fei a...
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".
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