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Round City (Tuan Cheng), originally an islet in Taiye Lake, was part of Da Ning Gong in the Jin Dynasty. It was called Yuan Di or Ying Zhou in the Yuan Dynasty. In 1264, the Yi Tian Dian was built on it, and the name was changed into Cheng Guang Dian in 1417.
The Round City's total area is about 4500 square meters with a circular wall of 4.6 miter high and 276 meter long. In 1669, the Cheng Guang Dian was collapsed in an earthquake. It was rebuilt in 1690 and expanded in 1746 to the present scale.
The Round City has a distinctive courtyard with halls, pavilions and ancient trees. There is a white jade Buddha statue set out in Cheng Guang Dian. Witin the Round City, there is a Jade Jar Pavilion in which there is a jade jar - called 'Du Shan Da Yu Hai' - left from the Yuan Dynasty.
In 1961, the Round City and the Beihai Park were listed by the Stated Council as key places of relics preservation in China.
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