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Frozen Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace

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  Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace, once a natural lake where numerous mountain springs in the northwest of Beijing converged, was previously known as Great Lake, Jar Hill Lake, etc.

Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace

 

  After Beijing became the capital city of the Yuan Dynasty, Guo Shoujing, an expert in irrigation works at the time, supervised the redirection of the spring water from the Divine Mountains in Changping, to the lake. The spring water, drawing in the tributary waters along the way, made the lake into a reservoir that greatly facilitated the transportation of grain.

Kunming Lake in the Summer Palace

The Imperial Gardens