Summer Palace, an imperial garden in Beijing. [Photo/IC]
The Summer Palace, originally named Qingyi Yuan, or the Garden of Clear Ripples, was an imperial garden constructed in 1750 by Emperor Qianlong to celebrate his mother's birthday. During the past few centuries, emperors and empresses spent their leisure time there. The palace today has great historical and aesthetic value.
The site in Beijing is an outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design, incorporating the works of man and nature in a harmonious manner.
The Summer Palace was added to the list in November 1998.
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