China - Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing

"The Summer Palace in Beijing – first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 – is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value." Source: UNESCO World Heritage

Postcard 1
View of Suzhou Street in the Summer Palace. Empress Dowager Cixi built a simulated Hangzhou Lake and Suzhou style section for this Imperial Garden. Thanks to Zhu of China.






Postcard 2
I have been to the Summer Palace in Beijing twice. It is large lakeside garden in the heart of Beijing. The Old Summer Palace was burnt down by British and Fench garrisons and was never rebuilt. This new Summer Palace was burnt later too but rebuilt.




Postcard 3




Postcard 4
Garden of Harmonious Interests in the Summer Palace.




Postcard 5
Summer Palace 17 arch bridge. Thanks to Wang of Beijing, China.


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