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The Colorful Summer Palace

2016-09-19 10:52:00Share:

  The Summer Palace is located in the western suburb of Beijing, founded in 1750 and finished building in 1764, 15kms away from the central city. Formerly it belonged to Qingyi Garden and now it is the role model of royal gardens in China. Adjacent to the Old Summer Palace, the palace mainly consists of Wanshou Hill and Kunming Lake and it takes up 290 hectares, which 1/4 of the area is land, the other 3/4 are lake. This large landscape garden’s base addresses are the actual Kungming Lake and Wanshou Hill, the West Lake is the blueprint, design and construction methods are the same as Jiangnan landscaped gardens. Now, it is the best-preserved royal palace, also known as the “Royal Garden Museum”, is also one of the major national scenic spots.

The colorful Summer Palace


  In March 4, 1961, the Summer Palace was announced as one of the national key cultural relic’s protection units, and also announced as one of the China Four Gardens together with Mountain Resort in Chengde, Zhuozheng Garden, and Liu Garden. In November 1998, it was included in the "World Heritage list". In May 8, 2007, the Summer Palace was officially approved as national 5A class tourist attractions by the National Tourism Administration and then was elected to the China World Record Association for being the largest imperial garden in China In 2009.


  The Summer Palace is very much loved by photographers. There are several fixed spots in which photographers usually wait for perfect shooting opportunities.

The colorful Summer Palace


  Every morning and night, Foxiang Chamber and the Seventeen Arch Bridge are extremely beautiful bathing under the glowing sunlight.


  In Zhichun Pavilion, the west sceneries of the Seventeen Arch Bridge are even more beautiful. The beauty of the summer palace is so changeable that you can never finish shooting. Now, come along, let’s enjoy some amazing photos of the summer palace taken by various photographers together!

The colorful Summer Palace


  The long corridor in The Summer Palace is located between the south of Wanshou Hill and north shore of Kunming Lake. It was first built in Qianlong Period, Qing dynasty 1750 and burned in 1860, then again reconstructed in 1888. This is a very colorful painting corridor. There are over 14000 colorful, vivid and magnificent paintings on every pillar. It was acknowledged in the "Guinness world records" in 1990 for its length and resplendent paintings. Those paintings are mostly landscapes, flowers and birds as well as the plots from the famous ” Four Chinese Classical” ("a dream of Red Mansions", "journey to the west", "Romance of the Three Kingdoms", "Water Margin"). Among them, there is a story called refuse treatment because of fear.

The colorful Summer Palace


  In the spring and autumn period, there was a famous folk healer in Cai country, called Qin yueren. He traveled around the world, and was enthusiastic to help people to cure their diseases. People all respected him. Once, he saw a dead man when he traveled to a country. The dead bodies had been there for several days, Qin yueren asked for the reasons and symptoms before death and was sure that the patient’s death was fake. He first acupunctured and then gave medicine to the dead body. After a short while, the dead man came back to life. Everyone in the city was shocked and people gave him a name “miracle-working doctor Bian Que, who can bring the dead back to life”. Bian Que then had a reputation throughout all countries and his real name somehow got forgotten.

The colorful Summer Palace


  Cai Huan, the emperor of Cai Country heard about the story and surprised that there was such a skillful doctor in his country and really wanted to meet him. So he sent his guards to spread the news.


  Bian Que saw the notice and went to the meeting with emperor Cai Huan. He entered the hall and stood for a moment in front, then said: "Your Majesty, you are ill, the disease is in skin, if we do not treat it timely, I am afraid it will get worse." Cai Huan seemed unpleasant after hearing the news; he shook his head and said: "I am very healthy, not ill."


  After Bian Que left, Cai Huan looked at his subordinates and sneered: "All doctors like to cure healthy people for money. Because it's the easy way to show his skills”


  Ten days later, Bian Que came to see Cai Huan again with his medicine cabinet. Cai Huan was chilling in the royal garden. Bian Que came forward, looked at his face and said worriedly:”, you are ill, the disease is in blood, if you do not pay close attention to the treatment, it will be much worse.” Cai Huan was really upset and turned his head away. Bian Que left.


  Another ten days later, Bian Que went to see Cai Huan again, said with a heavy heart: "You are sick, the disease is in the stomach, if we keep ignoring it, it will be more serious!" Cai Huan went on furious. Bian Que sighed, felt very sorry for the emperor and left again.


  Again ten days later, Bian Que came to the see Cai Huan for the fourth time. He left as soon as he saw Cai Huan. Cai Huan had suspicions and sent people to ask for the reason. Bian Que answered in grieve:” the disease is in the skin, it can be cured by physical treatment. The disease is in the blood, it can be cured by acupuncture treatment. If the disease is in the stomach, it can be cured by medicine. Now that Cai Huan is incurably sick, there is no treatment for that anymore.” Then, Bian Que packed and fled to Qin country in rush.


  Five days later, Cai Huan who refused to get treated was feeling unwell and pain. He then sent people looking for Bian Que. However, it was too late. Cai Huan died.

The Imperial Gardens