Bridge over the Kunming Lake photo copyrighted by: Galen R. Frysinger
The Summer Palace occupies a total area of more than 290 hectares. The Longevity Hill covers one fourth of the total area while the Kunming Lake covers the rest three quarters. The beautiful former imperial garden is set off by a multitude of highly decorated buildings, halls, pavilions, bridges, towers, pagodas, isles, and courtyards. The harmonious layout of the garden is
a Chinese architectural masterpiece that combines both the gorgeous landscape
and the treasure of the traditional Chinese gardening art.
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