Summer Palace, Beijing

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    Boats

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    You can take a ferry boat across Kunming Lake from South Lake Island to Longevity Hill. They cost RMB10 per trip. Alternatively you can hire a rowing boat.

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    Hall of Happiness & Longevity

    by Willettsworld Written Aug 9, 2009

    The hall originally had two floors when it was first built in 1750. It was rebuilt in 1886 to serve as the living quarters for Empress Dowager Cixi during her stay at the Summer Palace.

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  • Summer Palace

    by loliver Written Dec 23, 2007

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    The gardens at the Summer Palace were among the best that I saw in China. Absolutely beautiful, especially when combined with the architecture and the lake.

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    Marble Boat

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 28, 2007

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    Located in the lake at the Summer Palace this boat is made of marble and not surprising it can't float . It represented power.

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    Boat across Kumming Lake

    by easterntrekker Written Oct 28, 2007

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    We took a boat ride across the lake .It gives a good vantage point to see the willow draped banks and the amazing opulent palaces on the hill tops.

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    And her Majesty Royal Appetite ...

    by kenyneo Written Jun 25, 2007

    you have to make sure you catch the so called Marble Boat ...crafted by the desire of the Empress Dowager's craving for luxury ...

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    The Long Corridor

    by y_lyn Written Jun 18, 2007

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    We took a very long walk along the long corridor. Here, you should observe the paintings on the ceiling. I guess there are no repeated picture and every scene tells a different story.

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    Stone of God of Longevity (Shou Xing Shi)

    by y_lyn Written Jun 18, 2007

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    Do you think this stone is shaped like the God of Longevity? It was brought to the palace from Morgan Garden in Peking University in 1886.

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    Yiheyuan - A Royal Retreat

    by y_lyn Written Jun 18, 2007

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    This is the place where Empress Dowager Cixi retired in 1889. UNESCO placed the Summer Palace on its World Heritage list in 1998.

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    Longevity Hills

    by limledi Updated Jan 4, 2007

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    Longevity Hill is a 60-meter-high hill in the gardens of the Summer Palace in Beijing, China. Together with Kunming Lake, it shapes the basic layout of the imperial garden's landscape.

    Longevity Hills
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    Marble Boat

    by limledi Updated Dec 20, 2006

    Marble pagodas and other boats can be seen at the lakeside of Summer Palace. It provides a great photo shoot. We did not dare step inside the pagoda. Very unique.

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  • Boat rides to Summer Palace

    by yiyehhu Written Jun 11, 2006

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    The pier is behind Beijing Exhibition Hall ( see the pic from Google Earth ). The ticket is 70 yuan ( one way trip and entry to Summer Palace). The first trip is at 10am.

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    Longest Corridor

    by rochellevm Written Apr 9, 2006

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    In the summer palace, the longest corridor would be a great place to relax and to take some pictures. Observe also the distinct paintings on the corridor.

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    Yulantang and Leshoutang

    by cheezecake_deli Updated Mar 28, 2006

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    Behind the main palace compound are the more intimate halls of residence, Yulantang and Leshoutang, centred on pretty courtyards. Leshoutang (the Hall of Happy Longevity) was Cixi's own residence.

    Get intimate with other tourists
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    Changlang

    by cheezecake_deli Written Mar 23, 2006

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    Running east-west along the northern shore of Kunming Lake is the 900-metre covered Long Gallery (or Changlang), decorated with intricate paintings, now partly faded away.

    The Long Gallery
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