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China's Largest Pavilion: The Spacious Pavilion at the Summer Palace

2016-04-28 15:47:08Share:

  The Spacious Pavilion (Kuoruting廓如亭)at The Summer Palace, commonly known as Bafang Pavilion, was built during Emperor Qianlong’s reign. Covering a total area of 140-plus square meters, the pavilion is circled three loops by 24 columns and 16 pillars inside and outside. With a double-hipped roof, the form of pavilion is stretch and sedate.

China's Largest Pavilion


  At early time, the Summer Palace had no eastern wall yet and a wide lake existed at the north of the pavilion, while paddy fields with a thousand Qing (a unit of area =6.6667 hectares) stood its south. It was very expansive overlooking through the pavilion, and that was why the name comes. The spectacular of the pavilion aimed to echo perfectly at a distance with the airy terraces and towers on the dragon- king-temple’s island, west of the marble seventeen-arch bridge.

China's Largest Pavilion


  In Beijing, this pavilion is the largest one, and meanwhile, it is the best existing building among domestic similar ones.


  There was a water outlet in the south of Kunming Lake, from which Empress Dowager Cixi went to the Summer Palace when taking a boat from waterway, after burned incense to worship at Dragon King Temple, she headed to the Hall of Leshou at the opposite bank by boat.

China's Largest Pavilion

The Imperial Gardens