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Qingyan Stone Boat, Beijing
(4.1/5 based on 95 reviews on the web)
A lakeside pavilion, Qingyan Stone Boat incorporates lavish Western flourishes in its design, alongside typical Chinese dragon heads. Smaller structures like this were at one point quite common, and provided people with dining and drinking spots, accompanied by picturesque views. The original pavilion was badly damaged by Anglo-French forces during the second opium war of the late 19th century, and was rebuilt by the empress, ironically by using funds embezzled from the navy. At 36 m long and 8 m high, the two-story wooden structure is painted to look like marble, intricately decorated, and provides striking photo opportunities. Be aware that at this stage, tourists cannot board the pavilion for closer inspection. To visit Qingyan Stone Boat and get the most from your holiday in Beijing, create itinerary details personal to you using our Beijing vacation route planner.
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  • The Stone Boat (Shi Fung) was originally built in 1860 in a traditional Chinese design, but it was destroyed during the Second Opium war. Then, in 1983 Empress Dowager Cixi had it rebuilt by using fun...  more »
  • they will not let you get on the boat any longer. to many people go through the summer palace ever day and its a bit worn from the foot traffic, but still very pretty and great place for photos 
  • Amazing sight...you would almost think this boat actually floats! For me this was the highlight of the equally fairy tale-like Summer Palace! Even on a cold wintery day this was an amazing experience....  more »