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The Grand Pavilion
The Summer Palace
Introduction to the Summer Palace, Beijing, China.

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The Grand Pavilion

This pavilion, of unusually large size (the largest in China), is octagonal and double-eaved. It covers an area of over 130 square metres. It has 24 round pillars and 16 square pillars.


The Bronze Ox

As you walk back from the Grand Pavillion towards Longevity Hill you will pass The Bronze Ox. Cast in 1755, on its back is an eighty word inscription to explain its presence.


According to ancient tradition, tying an ox near to a river bank or lake side could help prevent flooding. Gradually, tradition changed to make a depictional ox suffient for this purpose.


Summer Palace Videos
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The Summer Palace
Summer Palace Map
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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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