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Old Summer Palace

 

The Old Summer Palace was built by Emperor Qianlong in the 18th Century. This palace, however, was extremely different from any constructed in China in the past: the emperor asked some Jesuits to design a European style palace for him. As we were frequently reminded (on all the informational sites throughout the park), the palace was destroyed by the British and the French during the second Opium War. We went out to the Old Summer Palace, which is near Tsinghua, expecting to see only some abandoned ruins, but were delighted to find that the area has been turned into a beautiful park and the remains were fascinating. One regret: it was at the end of the day, and we didn't have time to wander through the 10,000 Flowers Maze. Maybe next time!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

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