Summer Palace Tavel Guide
The Summer Palace is a monument to classical Chinese architecture, in terms of both garden design and construction. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long since been recognized as The Museum of Royal Gardens. The construction started in 1750 as a luxurious royal garden for royal families to rest and entertain. It later became the main residence of royal members in the end of the Qing Dynasty. The Summer Palace radiates fully the natural beauty and the grandeur of royal gardens. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake. There are over 3000 man-made ancient structures which count building space of more than 70000 square meters, including pavilions, towers, bridges, corridors, etc. It can be divided into four parts:the Court Area, Front Hill Area, Rear Hill Area and Lake Area.