HD Imperial Summer Palace

| May 15, 2020

To avoid the intense heat and humidity of the Beijing summer, the imperial family would leave the Forbidden City for this tranquil, lakeside retreat on the outskirts of the city. The original Summer Palace was laid out in the 12th century and is set within 2.5 sq km of gardens on the willow-fringed Kunming lake. Stroll around the pavilions and palaces of the complex, enjoying the fine gardens or take a boat trip across the lake to see the marble boat on the north shore, a folly associated with the Empress Dowager, a one-time resident, who had it refurbished with misappropriated funds that should have paid for the modernisation of the Chinese navy. For something special, visit the 5-star Aman at Summer Palace hotel, which occupies a series of historical dwellings just steps away from this iconic site, where you can enjoy afternoon tea in these tranquil and enchanting surroundings.

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