Yuanmingyuan Park

I visited the Old Imperial Summer Palace last year whilst I was visiting my daughter in China, and fell in love with the place – haunting ruins of beautiful buildings shrouded by luscious vegetation.

Situated next to Peking University, the Old Imperial Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) was first built for the Kangxi Emperor in 1709. Building continued over the following 150 years until an entire complex of palaces and gardens existed, including European palaces modelled on Versailles.
In 1860, the Yuanmingyuan was looted by British and French troops and was later burned to the ground in reprisal for mistreatment of European prisoners.

Yuanmingyuan 1

Today visitors can still see the palace ruins or can simply enjoy one of Beijing’s most beautiful parks.
Yuanmingyuan 2

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