Summer Palace in Beijing


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.

Cite this page as: UNESCO, "Summer Palace in Beijing," in Smarthistory, June 3, 2021, accessed April 13, 2024,