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The Seventeen Arch Bridge
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The 17 Arch Bridge

Return on the east side of Kuming lake so that you eventually reach the '17 Arch Bridge'. The 150 meter long 17 Arch Bridge was built in 1750 by the Qing emperor QianLong. The bridge links the eastern edge of KunMing lake with the Dragon King Temple on NanHu (or PengLai) island. The bridge resembles a rainbow on the lake.


The rationale behind the span having 17 arches has to do with Chinese numerology. The number eight is a symbol for luck or wealth in Mandarin Chinese. The ninth arch, the largest, is considered the number most auspicious for emperors, thus the 'Son of Heaven' is symbolically positioned in the middle of good fortune on both sides (8 arches either side).

The design for the bridge is partially based on the famed LuGou Bridge southwest of Beijing. There are 498 carved stone lions along the railings, each one different from the others. Before 700 years ago the traveler Marco Polo have been there, then worte the word :" Beautiful stone bridge, beautiful to everywhere of bridge, no one can catch it." in his book of 《Marco Polo ininerar》.


这个桥的设计部分依据了位居北京西南部的卢沟桥,在桥栏上有498个各不相同的石狮。早在700 年前,意大利旅行家马可·波罗在其所著《马可·彼罗游记》中,就称赞卢沟桥是:“美丽石桥,各处桥梁之美,鲜有及之者”。

After exploring the Dragon King Temple on the island, peruse the Grand Pavillion, the largest pavillion in China.

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Summer Palace History

SuZhou Market Street
The Back Lakes
Tibetan Style Temple

'Sea of Wisdom Temple'
'Through a Picture Scroll'

The Long Corridor
Tower of Buddhist Incense

The Marble Boat
Dragon Boats
Boating at the Summer Palace

The Naval Academy Area

South and West Scenic Areas

The Grand Pavilion
The 17 Arch Bridge

PengLai Island

Heralding Spring Pavilion

Palace Area and Great Stage

Garden of Harmonious Interests

Sunset at the Summer Palace

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