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Ruins of the Old Summer Palace

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  Known as the Yuanmingyuan Park, the ruins of the old Summer Palace are a memory of one of the most beautiful palaces in China. During the second Opium War in 1860, European forces plundered and destroyed the place, taking relics that dated back 3500 years.

 

  Charles George Gordon, a French captain, wrote "You can scarcely imagine the beauty and magnificence of the places we burn. It made one's heart sore to burn them; in fact these places were so large, and we were so pressed for time, that we could not plunder them carefully." Many Chinese artifacts in western museums today are the result of plundering and looting of ancient China. Then in 1900 again the eight nations, during the boxers rebellion, came back and tore down whatever had survived.

Ruins of the Old Summer Palace

Ruins of the Old Summer Palace