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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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  • The marble boat, built in 1855, the Emperor is the symbol of Cjanlune unreasonable expenditure: marble Rook instead of real combat ships. Fate, however, would be the same. The rook (or rather the Pavilion as a rook) burned in the year 1860 during the opium war. Restored through 30 years when the famous Empress Tsysi, Rook got the second floor and a complex drainage in which water is collected and poured through the 4-h dragons on the perimeter. Is it afraid of marble rainwater, you ask? There is no marble, but wood, colored marble, from which actually built the Rook, how dreadful. But all this can be examined from a distance, because the rook is not allowed. Clearly, millions crowd, going through the Palace for a year can drown not only wood but also the marble palace, even sat down he lay on the ground.
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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 »
  • During a visit to the summer palace you will come across this boat-shaped white marble Pavilion. Commissioned by the Empress who used to enjoy the view as if he sailed has a nice decor. There you can climb and not so particular in its forms but it is still a fascinating glance you don't deny yourself a couple of photographs.
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