China travels can lead you to great places. These great places will show you created looking gardens, corridors, towers and pavilions that date back 1,000 or more years ago. China will also show you very old structures that Emperors and Empress used to reside in. One of these great places is the Summer Palace. So after you check into your China Hotel make sure you plan on seeing Beijing Summer Palace.

Some of the Summer Palace Attractions include the Court Area, Front-Hill Area, Lake Area and the Rear-Hill area. Did you know that the Summer Palace is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. It has the most famous natural views. Chinese horticulture and landscape were greatly influenced by the Summer Palace. Another name of the Summer Palace is the “The Museum of Royal Gardens”.

History Lesson-

In 1750 construction on the Summer Palace started. It was created so that the royal families had a place to rest. Then in the Qing dynasty it became the royal residences.  Later on the Anglo-French allied force destroyed it by fire.  It was reconstructed in 1888. It is said that Empress Dowager Cixi used the Summer Palace to embezzle navy funds to reconstruct it into a resort, so she would be able to spend her life there. Sadly in 1900 the Summer Palace was attacked again, by the Eight-Power Allied Force. It only took China two years to recreate the Summer Palace.

The Summer Palace of today-

The Summer Palace occupies an area of 742.8 acres.  When you travel there you can see over 3,000 man made ancient structures, each one is remarkable. These structures include corridors, pavilions, towers and bridges. Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangzu used the Court Area to meet with officials and conducted states affairs. The Court Area was broken into two sections one for the court affairs and the other one for living. The Court Area is the first stop for visitors to enjoy the view of Kunming Lake.

The most outstanding area is the Front-Hill Area, since it has delicate buildings and excellent gardens. While you are in this area you can walk up the hilltop and see important building for example Hall of Sea Wisdom, Revolving Archives. The Largest part of the Summer Palace is the Lake Area. Its open ups to Kunming Lake, you can also see Houxi River. When you walk though this area you will walk by pavilions, wharfs and over bridges. There are some famous attractions some include the Seventeen-Arch Bridge and Bronze Ox. The best part of being in the Lake Area is seeing the waves gleam, and the beautiful colors.

The Rear Area is the last area in the Summer Palace. This area is very quiet compared to the other areas. One of the reasons is that some of the constructions were never repaired after the attacks. So when you are walking around you should notice the ruins. So while you are strolling around take your time to feel peaceful and tranquility that the Summer Palace as to offer.

So after you book your Beijing Flight make sure you plan on seeing the Summer Palace. It will cost 60RMBs to get in. The best way to get there is by taking the subway. Make sure you are on line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station, or you could get off at Xiyuan Station, if you take this way take exit C2 then walk west.

Jack Li

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