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The Summer Palace is located at 15 km from central Beijing and is designed as one of the Key Cultural Relics of China as well as Unesco's World Heritage Site.

It was constructed during the Jin Dinasty (1115-1234) and is the archetype or chinese garden. It occupies an area of 294 hectareas, three quarters of which is water. It consists of over 3,000 structures (including pavillons, corridors, towers and bridges) along the Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake.

During the history the summer palace suffered several destructions, the last one in 1900 when it was ransacked by the 8-Power Allied Force. After the Revolution in 1911 it was open to the public.

It is difficult to say which of the diverse sectors of the palace is more beautiful, and I think it is a must to spend a complete day there when visiting Beijing.

The day we visited the palace, there was a misty atmosphere that added more beauty to this fantastic place. This is a view of the Seventeen-Arch Bridge over the Kunming Lake

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