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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 your visit to Seventeen Arches Bridge and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Beijing trip itinerary maker site .
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  • We didn’t go on the bridge, just took a dragon boat close to it and took some beautiful pictures of it. It’s quite striking, and filled with tourists, kites, etc... A very nice photo op.  more »
  • In the beautiful stone bridges of is was taken from the summer palace long corridor near was veiled for the cloudy sky. Cloudy was MISTED from was empty, what? Or I didn't see it or hazy in the aftermath of the P.M2.5 is excellent. I think it's very beautiful stone bridge landscape if it fine,.
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  • Listed as one of the main highlights at the Summer Palace, this bridge is approximately 350 years old and links Nanhu Island with the eastern shore of Kunming Lake. Built during the reign of Emperor Q...  more »

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