"The Long Corridor" Summer Palace Tip by Blatherwick

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  Long Corridor
by Blatherwick

The Long Corridor is a covered walkway in the Summer Palace. First erected in the middle of the 18th century, it is famous for its richly painted decorations with more than 14,000 paintings.

The Long Corridor was first built in 1750, when the Qianlong Emperor commissioned work to convert the area into an imperial garden. The corridor was constructed so that the emperor's mother could enjoy a walk through the gardens protected from the elements. Like most of the Summer Palace, the Long Corridor was severely damaged by fire which Anglo-French allied forces laid in 1860 during the Second Opium War. It was rebuilt in 1886. During the Cultural Revolution, many of the original paintings were painted over.

The Long Corridor leads from the Gate for Greeting the Moon (Yao Yue Men) in the east westwards along the northern shore of Kunming Lake. The total length of the Long Corridor is 728 meters, with crossbeams under the roof dividing it into 273 sections. Along its course, there are four octagonal pavilions which symbolize the four seasons.

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  • Updated Aug 3, 2005
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