The Summer Palace or Yiheyuan is an imperial garden & palace in Beijing, China. It is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. In its compact 70,000 square metres of building space, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures.
In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace an "outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design, incorporating the works of humankind and nature in a harmonious whole." It is a popular tourist destination but also serves as a recreational park.
Professor Zhao will lead you the walk and share with you all his knowledge of classical Chinese gardening and traditional concepts reflected in the imperial garden and complex. Zhao specializes Chinese history, religion and fengshui.
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