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The Search for a Vanishing BeijingA Guide to China's Capital Through the Ages$
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M. A. Aldrich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9789622097773

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622097773.001.0001

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The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace

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The Search for a Vanishing Beijing

M. A. Aldrich

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter states that the Summer Palace has always been underwhelming despite the fact that the architecture is superb. The complaint is that this magnificent imperial park was designed for the visual delight of a small handful of people. In 1911, the Peking authorities officially closed the back gate, a calamitous act for the city's feng shui. The Summer Palace has clocked up many changes over time. A tour around the Summer Palace is outlined here. From the Dragon King Island, one can enjoy a grand vista of the Summer Palace.

Keywords:   Summer Palace, Peking, feng shui, Dragon King Island, architecture

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