Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan), Beijing

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Favorite summer retreat for Qing emperors until its systematic destruction by Anglo-French troops in 1860, Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) serves as a reminder of the ruthlessness of European gunboat diplomacy. Originally built in the 12th century, this partially restored palace spans 350 hectares (864 acres), expanded in the 18th and early 19th centuries with the help of two Italian Jesuits. Take a boat ride to explore lotus ponds, or stroll along the Jiuzhou lakefront to ponder intricately carved stone ruins and hundreds of scenic spots. Ascend the throne for observing waterworks and the maze of this "Versailles of the East," looted and thoroughly destroyed by the West. The first ever Pekinese dog in the UK, kidnapped by Lord Elgin from this spot as a gift to Queen Victoria, started a real vogue among British elites of the time. Plan to visit Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) during your Beijing vacation using our convenient Beijing road trip site .
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  • A lot of spectacular places, looking at the old walls, and thinking about the ancient Chinese times, it's not enough to see that it's not that strong, let the enemy practices their land, it's worth seeing.
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  • The park, which is only seen from books and videos, is actually a glimpse into the ruin of the ruins, but can also feel the beauty and splendor of the original architecture of the building. The Waste market site is located in the depths of the forest and it takes a long walk from the gate, so it is best to wear comfortable shoes.
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  • Went during CNY $25 RNB to enter gives you access to the park , the gardens and the small scale model of the park, to appreciate it you would need a full day to be able to go around the whole park it ...  more »

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