The Summer Palace photos copyrighted by: BeijingChinaWorld
The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)in Beijing is located on the outskirts of the city,
about 12 km (8 miles) from the city center. The Imperial Summer Palace is on
UNESCO's World Heritage List. Beijing's Summer Palace is actually a parklike
imperial retreat spread out over 10 square miles (30 sq km). Much of it is covered
by Kunming Lake. We visited the Summer Palace our first morning in Beijing, and it was an excellent introduction to Chinese history, architecture, and garden design. The palace was originally designed as a royal retreat from the summer
heat of Beijing and the Forbidden City. The last dynastic member to use the
Summer Palace was the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi, who lived there from
the late 19th century until she died in 1908.
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