Summer Palace

This afternoon we spent several hours walking through the Imperial Summer Palace. This is a 2.9 square kilometer area encompassing three lakes, multiple buildings, and waterfront amenities. The land was transformed by the Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty from Imperial gardens to the Emperor’s Summer Palace in 1750. The setting is picturesque.

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20120615-173047.jpgThe following image is of a marble boat. It was built by Emperor Qianlong, a very successful Emperor, to defy a Chinese saying that says that water can either float a boat or make the boat overturn and sink. Qianlong believed his government could not be overturned and to prove it he built a boat of marble.

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