"Blue Iris Stone" Summer Palace Tip by cal6060

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  Blue Iris Stone, Summer Palace
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  • Blue Iris Stone, Summer Palace - Beijing
      Blue Iris Stone, Summer Palace
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  • Blue Iris Stone, Summer Palace - Beijing
      Blue Iris Stone, Summer Palace
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  • Blue Iris Stone, Summer Palace - Beijing
      Blue Iris Stone, Summer Palace
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This is the largest stone decorated in Chinese garden can be found in front of the Hall of Happiness & Longevity, Summer Palace. This giant stone has a brief history before it was displayed in Summer Palace.

The Signboard was written as:

"This stone was popularly known as the "Stone of the Wastrel". According to historical records, an official of the Ming Dynasty by the name of Mi Wanzhong found this large, dark, and sleek stone, shaped like a fungus at Fangshan (Fang Mountain) in the southwest of Beijing. While having the stone moved to his home at Shaoyuan, he fell into financial difficulties and had to abandon it. Years late, Emperor Qianlong of Qing Dynasty had it moved to this place at much expense and had named it " Blue Iris Stone." This is the largest stone decorated in any Chinese garden."

In Chinese: 青芝岫 (Qing Zhi Xiu)

Directions: In Hall of Happiness and Longevity, Summer Palace.
Phone: +86 10 6288 1144
Website: http://www.summerpalace-china.com

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  • Written Oct 29, 2011
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