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The Summer Palace or Yiheyuan is in the northwest suburb of Beijing, about 15 kilometres from the city. It was the summer palace for the feudal emperors and consists of Wanshou (longevity) hill and Kunming Lake. It was known as Haoshayuan during the Ming Dynasty and after it?s rebuilding in 1750 it was known as Qingyiyuan. It was destroyed by the Anglo French troops in 1860. In 1888 the Dowager Empress Ci xi of the Qing Dynasty used funds that were earmarked for building a navy to reconstruct the palace and when it was completed it was renamed Yiheyuan. It became a park in 1924, by which time the Qung Dynasty had fallen. It covers an area of 290 hectares, three-quarters of that being lakes. The most interesting areas are the Long Corridor with its beautiful painted arches; the Marble Boat, the Temple of Buddhist Virtue, and the seventeen arch bridge. The Hall of Happiness and Longevity (Leshoutang) was where Ci xi lived. The Marble Boat (Qingyanchuan) was built by Ci xi as a birthday present and as a joke because she had used the money that was to build up a navy to reconstruct the Summer palace.
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