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3 Interesting Spots in the Summer Palace

2016-03-17 10:06:18Share:

  Bronze Qilin

 

  There is a mythical and powerful bronze creature squatting in front of the hall of benevolence and longevity which is well known as bronze Qilin .According to ancient Chinese mythology, Qilin , one of the nine son of the dragon, has the head of a dragon, the antlers of a dear, the hooves of an ox, the tail of a lion and the body of a fish with scales all over it. It is said that he can live 2000 years and owns a very gentle character. Hence, he embodies peace and long life in the traditional Chinese mythology. As long as he haunts the place, there will be auspicious scene turned up, and this is also the reason why the emperor put it in front of the hall of benevolence and longevity. Originally, this bronze Qilin was part of a pair placed in yuanmingyuan park, and was moved here later. The other one has disappeared and this one still has a trace of scar on its left front leg. Therefore, if you travel the summer palace, this is the spot you should not miss as it can bring you good luck and long life!

 

Bronze Qilin, Summer Palace, Beijing

 

  Long life well (yannianjing)

 

  To the north of the hall of benevolence and longevity, there is a well known as“long life well”, which contained sweet water. It is said that Empress Dowager Cixi once had heartstroke when she was in the summer palace and took medicine with the water from this well. Then, she recovered very soon. After that she named this well “long life well.”

 

Long life well (yannianjing)

 

  Suzhou shopping street

 

  When Emperor Qianlong traveled to south china during his lifetime, he was deeply impressed by the commercial prosperity of the shopping street along the canals in Suzhou(one of the most popular tourist cities in china and famous for its waterways and gardens). So he ordered his builders to imitate the shopping street and build it along the back lake in the garden of clear ripples. However, this shopping street was destroyed together with the imperial garden in 1860 by the Anglo French allied Forces. From 1986 to1991, the street was restored with all the buildings alongside were built and decorated in the Qing dynasty style and furnished with classical Chinese furniture. To make the tourists feel better the ancient Chinese culture, all the shop assistants wears clothes in the style of the Qing dynasty and the goods sold here are also taking Chinese characters.

 

Suzhou shopping street, Summer Palace, Beijing