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Summer Palace Pictures

The Summer Palace is a few minutes by taxi from the Peking University where the Public Economic Theory Conference 2004 will take place.

The magnificent Summer Palace in northwest Beijing at Kunming Lake was built in 1750 by the Emperor Qianlong, and continued to be an imperial residence until the Empress Dowager Cixi died in 1908. The palace and stunning gardens are open to visitors, who enter through the East Palace gate, pass through a grand courtyard into the Hall of Benevolent Longevity, the Hall of Jade Ripples, and the Hall of Joyful Longevity. Empress Cixi’s private theatre in the Garden of Moral Harmony is a must-see, as is the long corridor that skirts Kunming Lake’s northern shoreline to reach the marble boat, an elaborate two-storey structure of finely carved stone and stained glass.

Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake

The main structures on Longevity Hill

The construction of the theater in the Garden of Virtuous Harmony

The archways inside the Northern Palace Gate

The Pagoda of Treasures

The Long Corridor

An archway in front of the Cloud-Dispelling Hall

A five-color glazed archway by the Sea of Wisdom

The Xingqiao Bridge, one of the six bridges along the West Dike

The Marble Boat built at the west end of the Long Corridor

The elegant Garden of Harmonious Interest (Xiequyuan) is known as a garden within the garden

The life-sized Bronze Ox on the East Dike was cast in 1755

The Seventeen-Arch Bridge

The Jade Belt Bridge along the West Dike

Bridges, pagodas, and pavilions on the western bank of Kunming Lake

A bronze statue in front of the gate of the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity

The statue of the Goddess of Mercy in the Pavilion of the Fragrance of Buddha

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