The Summer Palace

M. A. Aldrich

in The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print March 2008 | ISBN: 9789622097773
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207585 | DOI:
The Summer Palace

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This chapter states that the Summer Palace has always been underwhelming despite the fact that the architecture is superb. The complaint is that this magnificent imperial park was designed for the visual delight of a small handful of people. In 1911, the Peking authorities officially closed the back gate, a calamitous act for the city's feng shui. The Summer Palace has clocked up many changes over time. A tour around the Summer Palace is outlined here. From the Dragon King Island, one can enjoy a grand vista of the Summer Palace.

Keywords: Summer Palace; Peking; feng shui; Dragon King Island; architecture

Chapter.  3493 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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