ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Summer Palace

Updated on February 26, 2007

Marble Boat

Seventeen Arch Bridge

Boat Cruise

Summer Palace

The Summer Palace began as the Gold Mountain Traveling Palace in the 12th century. At that time, water was diverted from the Jade Spring to form the Gold Sea, which was the beginning of the lake that is now called Kunming Lake. When the lake was later enlarged, the palace was renamed Jug Mountain. These early beginnings of a palace were renamed Longevity Hill near the turn of the 20th century. At that time, most of what is now know as the Summer Palace was built.

The Summer Palace stopped being used by the imperial family in 1908, and it became a public park in 1924. The Summer Palace contains the Deheyuan (Court of Virtuous Harmony), which is the largest in China. The theater has trap doors in the floor and ceiling that were used for the entrances and exits of supernatural characters during shows.

The Summer Palace is a popular place for Chinese, as well as tourists. Many Chinese were enjoying a family picnic lunch in the park.

During my visit, we walked along the Long Corridor, which goes for about 800 feet along the lake. From here, you can see the seventeen-arch bridge that crosses the lake to reach South Lake Isle. The corridor is elaborately painted from top to bottom and end-to-end. Along the corridor there are paintings of scenes from Chinese legend, history, and literature. At the end of the corridor, you will see the Marble Boat. Although, for obvious reasons, the boat does not go anywhere, you can take short cruises on colorful boats that resemble the Marble Boat from one side of the lake to the other.

Open daily from 9am to 7pm.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • kjscrafts profile imageAUTHOR

      kjscrafts 

      11 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      This article and photos are based on my trip in 2004. At that time they had not begun the renovation. When I was there back in 2006 they were in the midst of the restoration of the walkway. It really was quite amazing before the renovation and will be great when it is done (or maybe it already is done).

    • profile image

      Kathy 

      11 years ago

      Yes, and that thing was a royal (ahem!) eyesore! Were they still restoring all the walkway painting when you were there?

    • kjscrafts profile imageAUTHOR

      kjscrafts 

      11 years ago from Tucson, AZ

      Yes, our quide talked about Cixi. She certainly was extravagant, but she also ended up basically cloistered in the Summer Palace in the end, if I remember correctly. She is the one that had the unuseable Marble Boat.

    • profile image

      Kathy 

      11 years ago

      Did your guide tell you about Cixi, and how lavishly she lived? We heard about her throwing away enough food to feed "50 proud Communist workers" and other governmentally-approved comparisons about every 5 minutes during our tour.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)