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Kunming Lake, Beijing

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Kunming Lake is the central lake on the grounds of the Summer Palace in Beijing, China. Together with the Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake forms the key landscape features of the Summer Palace gardens.With an area of 2.2km2, Kunming Lake covers approximately three quarters of the Summer Palace grounds. It is quite shallow, with an average depth of only 1.5m.HistoryKunming Lake is a man-made lake. Its predecessors were called Wengshan (Jar Hill) Pond and Xihu Lake. They were reservoirs which had been used as sources of water both for the city and irrigation of fields over a period of 3,500 years. Guo Shoujing, a famous astronomer and engineer in his time, developed it into a reservoir for the capital of the Yuan Dynasty in 1291. The conversion of the area into an imperial garden was commissioned by the Qianlong Emperor with the work being carried out between 1750 and 1764. In the course of creating the gardens, the lake area was extended by a workforce of almost 10,000 laborers.In the year 1990 and 1991, the Beijing Municipal Government undertook the first dredging of the lake in 240 years. A total of 652600m3 of sludge were removed in the work. 205 Japanese bombs dropped during the Sino-Japanese War were also found.
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  • Sailed in a boat to the island, admiring the Nanhu Summer Imperial Palace with water, and then walked around the dam in the western part of the Lake. Through many channels, one more interesting bridges moved another: Willow, white silk, Mirror, Jade belt (the highest and recognizable) and Poetic. The lake itself artificial, was named in honor of the eponymous Mountain Lake and served as a water reservoir. To the West of the dam too beautiful artificial islets, canals and bridges. And visitors in this part of the Lake is much smaller.
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  • Kunming Lake is a man-made lake on the grounds of the Summer Palace. A lot of visitors sit around the lake enjoying the calm and relaxing atmosphere here. Beautiful weeping willows on the lake shore a...  more »
  • Now understand why Chineses like to build big stuff, it is on their blood. This is a man made lake that the emperor made just to have some fun on summer time. That's insane. Must go place  more »