Scenes from YuanMingYuan 圆明园, BeiJing

YuánMíngYuán was the original Summer Palace in BeiJing and sometimes referred to as the 'Old Summer Palace'.

YuanMingYuan lies 8 kilometers (5 miles) northwest of central Beijing, close to the (new) Summer Palace (YíHéYuán 颐和园). It was constructed during the 18th and early 19th centuries and was a wonderland of lakes and waterways, bridges, hills and pavilions.


There were originally towers, terraces, pavilions, halls, corridors, pagodas and bridges with a total construction area of 150,000 square meters. Artisans were recruited from all over China to enact the exquisite settings.


Many of the 160 scenic spots were reproductions of famous mountains, rivers and famous gardens in China. The various styles of architecture, standing encircled by hills and streams, presented a most picturesque view.


In addition, hundreds of invaluable Chinese art masterpieces and antiquities were stored in the halls, including some unique copies of literary works and collections. YuanMingYuan was, indeed, a veritable museum of garden construction and horticulture. Known to be one of the largest museums in the world, a popular name in China was the 'Garden of Gardens'.


In 1860 during the 'Second Opium War', YuanMingYuan was looted then burned down by imperialist British and French troops. So great was the devastation that a new Summer Palace was later built nearby.


[640],shadow=true,start=20,stop=
[320],shadow=true,start=,stop=

Related Videos

Featured Videos

A trip to YunNan 云南 province
In October 2008. Places visited include Green Lake Park in KunMing, the Stone Forest at ShiLin, and DaLi old town.
The beautiful karst landscape around GuiLin 桂林
Mount HuangShan 黄山 : a documentary
HuangShan (Yellow Mountain) is a group of mountains in AnHui province, east China. Famous for its rugged peaks, unusual rocks and tenacious pine trees, this beautiful landscape is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Kite Surfing in XiaMen 厦门 – video
XiaMen is a port city in FuJian province, east China. It is widely regarded as a pleasant city, with fine beaches. This film looks at the KiteBoard Tour of Asia in 2009; first stop in XiaMen.
An aerial view of ShenZhen 深圳 city at night
Sailing along the HuangPu River 黄浦江, ShangHai 上海
Strolling in DaLi 大理 ancient town, YunNan province …
Beautiful aerial tour of GuiZhou 大美贵州 …
This is ChangChun 长春, provincial capital of JiLin
An unlikely citizen
China's transformation and an interview with Professor Bill Brown, who came to China 30 years ago and made it his family home ...
LiJiang 李江 and the Tiger Leaping Gorge 虎跳峡, YunNan province
Beautiful place; lovely film ...
XiaMen City Singers 醒耳人声乐团 – music
Mr. Q - pure perfection - don't miss it ! ...

A selection of popular videos

Keyword / tag search :