Yuanmingyuan Travel photo copyrighted by: BeijingChinaWorld
The Old Summer Palace which is also known as the Ruins of the Yuanmingyuan
(the Garden of Perfection and Light) is located northwest of Beijing and to the east of the (present-day) Summer Palace. The Garden was first constructed in the year of 1709 during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty
(1644-1911). Over the next 150 years of the Qing Dynasty, this Garden was
expanded to be a large-scale Chinese emperors' private pleasure garden, covering a total area of 350 hectares (over 864 acres).
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