Set in a large area north of Beijing with an artificial lake in the midst, we find numerous temples and palaces.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes several hundred properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Official title: Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
Date of Inscription: 1998
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 880:
“The Summer Palace in Beijing first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.”
I visited the palace for the first time in 1985 and again in 2011. The video is from 2011.
This is a most wonderful park. It is full of little green lungs, quiet areas and fine walks in the woods. It is also a popular destination for the people of Beijing as it was during the summer months a hundred years ago when the emperor and his court moved up there from the Forbidden Palace in Beijing.