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Secrets Hiding behind Summer Palace

Do you have any idea about these famous attractions of Beijing? Before, I have introduced some tourist direction to your. Now, I will continue this work and give some tips to your Beijing tour.

Today, we visit the imperial garden – Summer Palace. Maybe you have visited Summer Palace more than once, but the hided secrets among the constructions you will listen first time. From sky, the Kunming Lake turns to be a peach, Longevity Hill change to be a bat and even the Seventeen-Arch Bridge turns the neck of tortoise. This exquisite design exactly is the ancients to build or kind of coincidence.

Symbol Building in Summer Palace

It is said that the Emperor Qianlong loves the view of Jiang Nan area, especially the West Lake in Hangzhou city. So, he built many gardens imitated the scenes and garden architecture of Jiang Nan area. Do you want to know the views of Jiang Nan area in Qingyi Garden? First, we should have general information about Qingyi Garden. Qingyi Garden includes north mountain (Longevity Hill) and south lake (Kunming Lake), and the west side has several peaks of West Mountain. After the reformation of Qianlong Emperor, the Lake became wider and the mountain turned more majestic. Then, he added a West Causeway as well as Su Causeway, divided the Kunming Lake into inner lake and outer lake. Like this, the Kunming Lake has become same as the West Lake in Hangzhou. This statement of Qingyi Garden is right, but it seems like the Emperor Qianlong was more superficial. There is another effect of dividing the lake into two lakes, that is present the water to the sides and back of mountain and shaped the pattern of surrounded by mountains and girdled by a river.

Scenery along Causeway in Summer Palace

The three islands in Kunming Lake symbolize the three immortal mountains, including Penglai Mountain, Fangzhang Mountain and Yingzhou Mountain, built according to the idea of immortality in Taoism by Emperor Qianlong. If regarded the West Causeway as the necklace, the three islands seem like three gems. At same time, they sit in center of every lake divided by West Causeway. Besides the usual spots, there is a hided spot sits at back of Longevity Hill. It is a fantastic place in Qingyi Garden, and its significance is as well as the Outer Eight Temples out of Chengde Summer Resort.

As one of the must-see attractions of Beijing, Summer Palace receives large number of tourists. So plan the Summer Palace into your Beijing tour is a good choice!