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The Summer Palace is another of Beijing major tourist draw cards. It's located 12km north-west of the city centre and is an UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake, which is modelled on the West Lake in Hangzhou. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. The central Kunming Lake, covering 2.2 square kilometers, was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill.
The Summer Palace was originally an imperial garden that dates back to 1750 when Emperor Qianlong had it constructed in order to celebrate his mother's 60th birthday. Unfortunately, it was burnt down by invading Anglo-French forces in 1860 and by during the Boxer Rebellion, in an attack by the eight allied powers in 1900. The Government of the Qing dynasty started to rebuild it in 1886 when Empress Dowager Cixi diverted 30 million taels of silver, said to be originally designated for the Chinese navy, into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace. After the fall of the Qing dynasty, it was developed as the private property of the royal family and then formerly opened to the public in 1924.
Open: 8:30am - 5pm. Admission: RMB60 for a through ticket.
Directions: Take metro line 13 to Wudaokou and then bus 331.
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