Seventeen-Arch Bridge is located east of Kunming Lake. It is the only bridge that connects to the South Lake Island. It was built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799). It is the largest bridge in Summer Palace length 150 meters, and width 8 meters. It has 544 distinctive lions on the columns of the white parapets.
This bridge has made the beauty landscape of Kunming Lake, and Summer Palace.
In Chinese: 十七孔桥 (Shi Qi Kong Qiao)
Built in 1750, this 150-metre long bridge links the east bank of the lake and South Lake Island. It is the longest bridge in any Chinese imperial garden. Over 500 stone lions in different poses were carved on the posts of the bridge's railings. Four strange animals were carved at both ends of the bridge.
The Seventeen-Arch Bridge in Summer Palace crosses the east causeway and the South Lake Island, just like a long rainbow over the water. There are 544 lions in a great variety of shapes and postures vividly caved out of white marble set on the balustrades.
This bridge, construced in 1750, connects the eastern shore of Kunming lake with Nanhu island and is 150 metres long. Along the bridge are 544 carved marble lions with different sizes and postures. This is a very picturesque part of the Summer Palace with lovely views from the bridge across to Longevity Hill. There were people flying kites on it when I was there and in the pavilion at one end of the bridge were some elderly people singing.
On the southern bank of Kunming Lake there is more than 150 meters long Seventeen-arch bridge. It is the longest of all bridges in the Summer Palace. It has 544 different carved stone lions, of different sizes and postures, sit on top of the bridge's stone columns.