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The Marble Boat
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Introduction to the Summer Palace, Beijing, China.

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The Marble Boat

Return to the lake and take the Long Corridor, or walk beside it by the lake, west this time towards the mountains until you reach some gift and snack shops - and 'The Marble Boat'.


The Marble Boat was completed in 1893 using money that had been earmarked for the creation of a modern Chinese Navy. The order to divert funds was quietly issued by the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi in collusion with corrupt court eunuchs. The marble base of the boat was originally a platform for a Ming dynasty Buddhist monastery where fish and birds intended for the marketplace were released by the devout in order to gain karmic merit. The ship itself is a reproduction of a steam paddleboat.


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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