Summer Palace (Yihe Yuan, World Heritage Site)

Summer Palace is located about 15km northwest of Beijing, a royal garden in perfect form the largest extant in China is well known internationally. UNESCO "World Heritage" is also registered.

It has gone for the cheap trip to Beijing that the Yomiuri travel recruited for four days. It came round five World Heritage of "Ming Tombs", "Great Wall", "Summer Palace", "National Palace Museum", and "Temple of Heaven Park".

Information for Summer Palace


The northwest about 15km of Beijing City


It is about 30 minutes in the car from Beijing Railway Station.

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By the emperor of the Qing Dynasty in 1570, the Summer Palace was built to celebrate the sixtieth birthday of his mother.

Summer Palace is also an area of 2.9 million square meters, has become the largest garden in Beijing. This garden is Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860, destroyed most of the facilities. Later in 1888, was restored by Empress Dowager Cixi. In time, the name and renamed the Summer Palace.

Kunming lake (Konmeiko)

Kunming lake (Konmeiko)

West Lake in Hangzhou, near Shanghai (Seiko) and built in the mountains around the mound and made in imitation of Kunming Lake, the palace arranged a house of 3000, and 3000 square feet of magnificent gardens. Kunming Lake, there are three islands, connected by bridges Tsutsumi Nishi and 17 holes of six bridges (built to simulate the Marco Polo Bridge), is well known.

Kunming Lake, Summer Palace and approximately 3 / is a very vast area they occupy 4. The average depth of about 1.5m at the deepest at about 3m.

Kunming Lake and Buddha incense Pavilion

Kunming Lake and Buddha incense Pavilion

Height of about 60m behind the Kunming Lake and the mountains of "Buddha incense Pavilion" I see. "Buddha incense Pavilion" in height on a pedestal they built 20-meter-high stone in the 41m three-story octagonal building in the eaves of the tower with a quadruple. They become a representative view of the Summer Palace and the building is remarkable.

This mountain is made of piled up soil dug out when creating an artificial lake in Kunming Lake. This requires enormous effort and expense. China is too big to do.

Long corridor, is looking to the right of the photo. At length about 730m on the shores of Lake corridor, more than 8,000 paintings of flowers and birds, landscapes, history paintings are drawn. Destroyed by fire in 1860, was rebuilt in the late 19th century.

There are holes in the white walls were opened, they differ in shape, you can enjoy views of various shaped holes in the hallway and see the lake.



"Rakujudou" is located on the northeast shore of Kunming Lake. The Empress, when it came to the Summer Palace "Rakujudou" lived.

The eaves "Rakujudou" character, is the Emperor Guangxu She wrote. "Rakujudou" in front of the pier are on board the Empress Dowager Cixi.

Inner room is the bedroom of the Western Empress Dowager Cixi. Inner room is the living room on the east side.



Entering the front gate "Ninjumon-gate", "Ninjuden-hall" has become aligned with the beautiful imperial architecture.

"Ninjuden-hall" is a place that can meet foreign envoys and the Emperor and Empress politics.

"Ninjuden-hall" The name of the "Analects" is concerned. It means being able to fulfill the Department of longevity in politics.

Dragon and Chinese phoenix in front of "Ninjuden-hall"

Dragon and Chinese phoenix in front of Ninjuden-hall

"Ninjuden-hall" There is one pair of bronze dragon and phoenix in front of both sides. The dragon is a symbol of the emperor, The phoenix is a symbol of the empress.

Originally, the dragon should be placed in the center. However, the Empress Dowager at the helm, the tradition has been broken, now placed as a dragon and the phoenix represents the empress.

Phoenix and dragon incense burner and they become, and burn incense in, smoke comes out from the mouth.