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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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  • 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 »
  • This is a lovely bridge on Kunming Lake linking it to an island. You can enjoy the view from a distance.  more »
  • Can't complain! Part of Summer Palace complex, this bridge is a living relic of Imperial China. Not the biggest attraction but worth to walk (at least). Recommended for some shots, but don't waste too...  more »