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The Summer Palace

The Summer Palace complex extends around Longevity Hill on the shores of Kunming Lake to the northwest of Beijing.  This beautiful spot is where the Emperors escaped from the heat of the city during the summer months.

One of the most memorable structures at the Summer Palace is the unique Marble Boat (pictured), built on the orders of the infamous concubine Cixi who was virtual ruler of China in the late 19th century and who was largely responsible for unleashing the Boxer Rebellion against all foreigners in China.