Set in a large area north of Beijing with an artificial lake in the midst, we find numerous temples and palaces.
The UNESCO World Heritage List includes over a thousand properties with outstanding universal value. They are all part of the world’s cultural and natural heritage.
Official title: Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing
Date of Inscription: 1998
Category: Cultural site
UNESCO’s World Heritage Centre’s short description of site no. 880:
“The Summer Palace in Beijing first built in 1750, largely destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886 is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value.”
This is a most wonderful park. It is full of little green lungs, quiet areas and fine walks in the woods. It is also a popular destination for the people of Beijing as it was during the summer months a hundred years ago when the emperor and his court moved up there from the Forbidden Palace in Beijing.