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Famous Long Corridor in the Summer Palace

2015-12-22 11:32:08Share:

  The Long Corridor is the longest gallery in the world. The Long Corridor snakes its way between the southern foot of the Hill of Longevity and the northern bank of the Kungming Lake. It is one of the main structures of the Summer Palace. It has 273 bays, extending for about 728 meters.

 

 

  It was established in 1750, when Emperor Qianlong commissioned to transform the region into an imperial garden. The corridor was designed so that the mother of the emperor could enjoy a walk in the gardens protected against the elements. Like most of the summer palace, was difficult because of the long corridor by fire, the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860 being damaged during the Second Opium War. It was built in 1886 again. As part of the Summer Palace, was the long corridor on the World Heritage List of UNESCO was added in December 1998.

 

 

  The long corridor is leading from the door to greet the moon (Yao Yue men) in the east to west along the north shore of Lake Kunming. Over their entire length, it stops at the transition zone between the shore and the foot of the hill of life, which is on the opposite side of the corridor. The marble boat, a historical pavilion by the lake, is near the western end of the corridor. The middle section of the long corridor from the southern arc around the central complex of buildings on the seaward side of the hill of life is the main hall of the complex, Cloud Dispelling Hall (Pai Yun Dian), where the Empress Dowager Cixi used to celebrate their anniversary. The long corridor goes through the Cloud Dispelling Gate (Pai Yun Men) that marks the center of the corridor. The door is a landmark in its own right and is covered with photos. It is decorated with paintings on the beams and the ceiling. On the whole, show that more than 14 000 paintings depicting scenes from classical Chinese literature, fairy tales, legends and historical figures and famous Chinese buildings and landscapes with flowers, birds, fish and insects.