Imperial Summer Palace
The Imperial Summer Palace is the largest complex of royal palaces and gardens in China, and is eight times larger than the Forbidden City. It is made up of lakes, hillocks, copses and pavilions where visitors can abandon themselves to meditative contemplation. It is also home to twelve temples, some of which are replicas of emblematic monuments in Tibet or Turkestan and which pay homage to minority peoples. The highlight of the visit is the Imperial Palace itself, housing the throne and magnificent furniture from the Qing period.
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