Yiheyuan is the chinese name of the new Summer Palace which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since December 1998 and is located in the Northwest of Beijing. Imperial pavillions were found in the area already in the 11th century but the present complex dates from the 18th century and was built under the regency of the Mandschu-Emperor Qianlong. Even though the Summer Palace is mainly associated with the Empress dowager Cixi who reigned the Middle Kingdom from 1861 until her death in the year 1902 and who reconstructed the palaces 1888 after they were plundered by foreign troops. She is also responsible for the construction of the Marble Boat, also called Clear and Peaceful Boat, which she built with money which was originally designated for the navy. Read more
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China’s capital Beijing has more than 20 million inhabitants and a more than 3000-year-old history. Its name means Read more. With the , the , the former Imperial Palace which is a since 1987, the old and the new , the , the , the Confucius Temple et cetera it hosts an imposing cultural heritage.