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Qingyan Stone Boat, Beijing

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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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  • Saw this boat whilst walking around the summer palace. Was impressed with how well maintained it was. Nice photo op!  more »
  • Lying on Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace, this stone boat can be viewed from the Long Corridor. Visitors are not allowed on board so its only photography at a distance.  more »
  • It's a nice sight to see but you won't need a lot of time to see everything about it. I bet it doesn't even really float. ;)  more »