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Situated in northwestern Beijing, the UNESCO World Heritage site was first built in 1750 as the imperial garden of the Qing emperors. After it was destroyed by the English and French armies in 1860, Dowager Empress Cixi shelled out a fortune to have it rebuilt as her retirement home. Largely composed by the Wanshou Mountain in the north and Kunming Lake in the south, the 70,000-square-meter park represents the epitome of Chinese garden building. Man-made architecture and natural landscape echoed with each other in a state-of-the-art fashion. Taking a boat on Kunming Lake is an ideal activity for a family day out.

Situated in northwestern Beijing, the UNESCO World Heritage site was first built in 1750 as the imperial garden of the Qing emperors. After it was destroyed by the English and French armies in 1860, Dowager Empress Cixi shelled out a fortune to have it rebuilt as her retirement home. Largely composed by the Wanshou Mountain in the north and Kunming Lake in the south, the 70,000-square-meter park represents the epitome of Chinese garden building. Man-made architecture and natural landscape echoed with each other in a state-of-the-art fashion. Taking a boat on Kunming Lake is an ideal activity for a family day out.

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