Summer Palace, the second largest imperial garden in
China,which was honored as "World Cultural and Natural
Heritage" by the UN Organization of Science, Education
Equally famous as the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace
is called "Yiheyuan" (Garden of Nurtured Harmony)
in Chinese,which located in the west suburb of Beijing,
10 km from the down town area.
The Summer Palace was originally a dwelling place of
an emperor built in 1153, and it was renamed as Haoshan
Park in Ming dynasty; and was expanded in Qing Qianlong
15 (1750), renamed as Qingyi Park. In 1888, Cixi embezzled
the navy funds on the park's reconstruction work and when
finished, it was renamed into the Summer Palace.