Long Corridor at the Summer Palace
Most visitors to the Summer Palace walk down the corridor but rarely stop to appreciate the rich artwork decorating the crossbeams and side panels. More than 14,000 paintings depict famous scenes from Chinese folk tales and history books, like the famous Journey to the West. The Long Corridor is dived into 273 smaller “rooms,” each with its own unique paintings. These paintings helped earn the Long Corridor a spot on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1998.
While you should certainly take time to appreciate the intricate artwork painting on the Long Corridor, you should also take some time to soak up some local culture and watch the groups of elderly Beijing residents who come here to play cards or Chinese chess in the shade.