"Kunming Lake" Summer Palace Tip by Willettsworld
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Covering three quarters of the area of the Summer Palace, Kunming Lake is the most attractive water area in Beijing. It was originally a natural lake formed by a number of springs before Emperor Qianlong expanded it and took the soil to build Longevity Hill. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), people grew lotus flowers in the lake and planted rice around its edge. The main features on the lake include the Seventeen arch bridge, South Lake Island and Jade Belt Bridge. You can cross the lake from the Seventeen arch bridge and the island to the Longevity Hill.
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