Old Summer Palace

The old summer palace (Yuanming Yuan Park, Beijing)

The Old Summer Palace (Yuanming Yuan park) is a beautiful place to stroll around. The ruins are the remainders of the grand palace and park build by the Qinq Emperor Qianlong (1750s). It was destroyed during the Second Opium war (1850s) and reconstructed by Emperor Guangxu for use by Empress Dowager Cixi in 1886. It is on the Unesco World Heritage list. Kunming Lake The central feature of the Administrative area, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity is approached through the monumental East Palace Gate.