Yuanmingyuan sits in the west suburbs of Beijing, is close to the Summer Palace. It was firstly built in 46th year in Kangxi period, is composed of Yuanming Graden, Changchun Garden and Yichun Garden. Covering an area of 350 hectares, Yuanmingyuan, close to Summer Palace, has more than 140 hectares water area and hundred landscapes, and the building area is about 160,000 square meters, is a large imperial garden built and managed by the emperors in Qing Dynasty within 150 years. It inherits the Chinese excellent tradition of building gardens with long history of more than 3,000 years, includes the luxury of imperial architecture and the elegant of the garden style of Yangtze River delta. Meanwhile, it also absorbs the European garden type, integrates different styles of gardens, let people feel harmony and prefect in the whole layout. It is also famous as the former Summer Palace.
The Yuanmingyuan, close to Summer Palace, was built by human, but seemed like created by heaven. The former Summer Palace is not only famous as the garden, but also an imperial museum with abundant collections. The Hugo who is the French famous writer said even if gathers all treasures in Notre Dame cannot compared with the grand oriental museum as well as the Summer Palace. The various palaces in garden were all decorated with the countless furniture made by padauk, and displayed with rare cultural relics from home and abroad. The Wenyuan Pavilion is one of the China’s Top Four Imperial Libraries, collected various kinds of valuable books.
Yuanmingyuan, close to Summer Palace, is famous all over the world as the large-scale region, outstanding building skills, elegant groups of construction, abundant cultural collections and the profound national cultural deposits, is called as the Model of All Art of Gardening and the Garden of Gardens. After the baptism of blood and fire, the Yuanmingyuan, close to Summer Palace, seems like a part of modern history of China, with the shocking values. Standing before the broken European Palaces, people seem heard of the yell of history.
After the effects of government, the protection project to site has obtained effects, has shaped the three main spots including Fuhai Sea, Changchunyuan Park and Yichunyuan Park. The quondam imperial garden becomes the leisure and rest place for people, and also is the uncommon patriotism education base. With Summer Palace, they shape the complete imperial garden system. If you had visited the Summer Palace, continue to enjoy the Yuanmingyuan, you will find another beautiful imperial garden in Beijing.