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Story About the Long Corridor of the Summer Palace

2015-12-18 11:42:29Share:

  The long corridor of the Summer Palace was said to be built for facilitating Emperor Qianlong’s mother to view the snow-rain landscape of Kunming Lake. Qianlong was the fourth emperor of Qing Dynasty and he liked gardening and sculpturing very much and also had filial piety to his mother. For celebrating his mother’s 60th birthday, Emperor Qianlong mobilized massive manpower and resources to expand Kunming Lake and built Qingyi Garden as well as Da Baoen Temple on Wen Mountain. Hereafter, Wen Mountain was named Wanshou Mountain. Emperor’s mother often appreciated the snow view in garden. For facilitating the travel of his mother as well as for avoiding his mother suffering from raining and snowing, Emperor Qianlong built a long corridor as well on the border between Wanshou Mountain and Kunming Lake.

 

 

  Emperor Qianlong’s mother liked listening to stories. She loved tobe surrounded by her ladies-in-waiting while sharing various stories and viewing the landscape of the gardens. Some of stories that she preferred were narrated again and again. But as the time went on,these ladies-in-waiting were running out ofstories. But the Emperor’s mother often quickly forgot the stories, and this really troubled the ladies-in-waiting. Afterwards, Emperor’s mother came up with a perfect idea and she demanded the workmen to paintall the contents of stories onto the beams. Later on, the told stories collected more and more, and the paintings on the beams also became more and more diversified. This is said to be one of the origins of these life-like paintings on beams in corridors of The Summer Palace.