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Seventeen Arches Bridge, Beijing

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Traverse the picturesque arc of Seventeen Arches Bridge, connecting the mainland to Nanhu Island. Constructed during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799) as a way of reaching the island garden, the bridge was commissioned to commemorate his mother's 60th birthday. With a length of 150 m (492.1 ft), it stands out as the longest of the 30 bridges in the Summer Palace, and makes an easy stroll over the lake. Look out for the dog-like carved beasts that stand at each end of the bridge, and the 544 painstakingly carved lions that adorn the marble balusters, each with its own unique expression and posture. Consider journeying a little further around the perimeter of the lake for photo opportunities of the bridge and its famous symmetrical arches. Plan to see Seventeen Arches Bridge and other attractions that appeal to you using our Beijing trip itinerary maker.
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  • June 12, 2017
    17 bridge spans in Chinese Shicikuncjao-built in 1750 during Emperor Qianlong. The idea is taken from the famous Marco Polo Bridge, located also in Beijing. Not being Chinese, not in life is not dogadaeshsja, why arches bridge 17. When viewed from the central arch, then return them will be 9-lucky numbers Numerology obsessed have Chinese. Hence the Emperor standing in the Middle, was a stroke of luck in any direction. The bridge is worth a walk because Nanhu Island, which bridge connects with the "big land", is in itself worth a visit.
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  • May 26, 2017
    I went to the Summer Palace in March 2017. Over ten years, I have been here over 12 times and I never get tired of walking here. I love the lake and taking a two hour walk. The Seventeen Arches Bridge...  more »
  • May 6, 2017
    The bridge of seventeen arches connecting the island of Nanhu in Kunming Lake at the summer palace to the Mainland. An elegant bridge decorated with statues of Lions which can be admired from the long corridor but nothing special, while architecturally beautiful panoramas.
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