From the Forbidden City (China's imperial palace during the Ming Dynasty) to Heavenly Park and the Summer Palace, the Beijing area is loaded with a wide-variety of attractions for visitors of all ages.
On the following photo pages we reflect on trips to Beijing, China, and some typical venues for you to enjoy and explore.
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One of the many colorful halls (corridors) within the Summer Palace in Beijing.
This is "The Hall of Listening to Orioles" at the Summer Palace. Built by Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795) for his mother to watch operas, this theater was named the"Hall for Listening to Orioles" because in old times, people often compared beautiful voices to the singing of orioles.
A colorful phone booth at the Summer Palace.
The Summer Palace is a vast ensemble of lakes, gardens and palaces in Beijing on the edge of Kunming Lake. A nice way to get to the palace is to take a dragon boat ride from Beijing's city center and enjoy the scenery along the way. The boats are usually in service from April to October every year.
This lovely arch bridge is one of the entrances to Kunming Lake on the massive grounds of the Summer Palace in Beijing, China. The lake forms the key landscape features of the Summer Palace gardens.
The largest bridge on Kunming Lake is the 17-Arch Bridge that connects the eastern shore with South Lake Island. The bridge was built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1711-1799). There are some thirty bridges in the Summer Palace complex, and this is the largest one.
The Marble Boat is a lakeside pavilion on the grounds of the Summer Palace. It was first erected in 1755 during the reign of the Qianlong Emperor. The original pavilion was made from marble which was supported by a wooden superstructure. In 1860, during the Second Opium War, the pavilion was destroyed by Anglo-French forces. It was restored in 1893, and a new two-story superstructure was designed. This new superstructure is also made out of wood but it was painted to imitate marble, and it really does resemble marble.
The Summer Palace in Beijing (first built in 1750) was largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886. It is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.