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Appreciate Beijing Great Wall
Beijing Great Wall Hiking Tour

As we all know, Great Wall of China is one of the greatest wonders of the world. Just like a gigantic dragon, this great building winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching far distance. With profound building history and deep culture connotation, some sections of Great Wall are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, Great Wall of Beijing is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance. Especially Jinshanling Great Wall, it remains the original feature of Chinese ancient times with less renovation. Best view for hiking and walking.

Explore Temple of Heaven
The Place for Emperors to Worship the Heaven

Set in the middle park of 270 hectares. Temple of Heaven is an outstanding example of Confucian architecture, dating from the Ming Dynasty. The park grounds are square, although the northern edge follows a curve, a symbolic expression of the fact that the emperor, in offering his sacrifices, had to leave the square-shaped earth for the round-roofed heaven. An exquisite example of Chinese wooden architecture and constructed without the use of a single nail, the round, 40-meter high Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest has three levels covered with deep blue tiles that symbolize the color of heaven. Wonderful building construction created an eternal mark making the success of China.

Enjoy Garden View of Summer Palace
Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake in Summer Palace

With the highest prestige and luxury beauty decoration, Summer Palace, being the largest and best preserved royal park, greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests. It has long since been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'. The beautiful holy land radiates the fully natural beauty and the grandeur of royal gardens. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, Summer Palace occupies an area of 300.59 hectares. Divided into the Court Area, Front Hill Area, Rear Hill Are and Lake Are, Summer Palace will step a new world to show off.

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!

What to See in Summer Palace

Standing on the Longevity Hill of Summer Palace, I found the Yuquan Hill is close to us. Living in Beijing so many years, I was familiar with the most famous Three Hills and Five Gardens, and the Longevity Hill and Yuquan Hill. I must say, the Summer Palace is a good place, only here I had chance to see the two hill among the three. There is a quiet path to down to the foot of Longevity Hill, along the path we were enjoyable in the beautiful surroundings.

Long Corridor in Summer Palace

When we saw the Long Corridor, we were shocked by the quiet environment. It is said the Long Corridor is always crowded with visitors. Maybe it was earlier. The Long Corridor, also famous for the Painting Walkway, is the longest gallery corridor in the world. Looking up, there are different stories painting on the top, most of them are famous for Chinese, such as the 'A Dream in Red Mansion', 'Pilgrimage to the West', etc. I would say the Long Corridor is one of the most famous and characteristic spots in Summer Palace, as well as the Tower of the Buddhist Incense.

Tower of the Buddhist Incense

End the Long Corridor, it is the Tower of the Buddhist Incense, is the symbol of this imperial garden and the highest building in it. How interesting, it is an eight-façade tower, built imitated from the Six Harmony Tower in Hangzhou, is the center of the whole garden. It is said the Empress Dowager Cixi always pay respect to Buddha. Now, it is an ideal place to overlook beautiful Kunming Lake and the marvelous scenes.

Seventeen Arch Bridge

Not far away from the Tower of the Buddhist Incense, it is the Seventeen Arch Bridge which is the longest bridge in Summer Palace, is 150 meters in length and 8 meters in width. The bridge was built imitated from the Lugou Bridge in Beijing, and the special characteristic of the bridge is the stone lion on every pillar. Every pillar has several lions in different shapes, and the lions of whole bridge are different, and cannot be able to count its number. Anyone interests it all can come here to try to count it, it is very interesting! And the bridge connects to the South Lake Island where is place praying for rain in the arid year for Empress Dowager Cixi.

Yes, the three spots are the most famous and typical in Summer Palace, but always crowded with visitors, and we all like to find a quiet and beautiful place, so we along the bank of Kunming Lake to West Causeway.

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