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Summer Palace

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 and Culture.

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.


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