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  • Address: Summer Palace, Haidian
  • Admission: Adult: CNY 30, Dicounted: CNY 15

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Long Corridor at the Summer Palace

When the Summer Palace gardens were first commissioned in 1750 by the Qianlong emperor, a decorative wooden corridor was included in the plans. It was designed to allow the mother of the emperor to walk through the gardens while enjoying protection from the elements. This Long Corridor extends 2,388 feet (728 meters) and took several years to complete.

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.

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