Summer Palace

-- Back Lake --



Surround by ancient trees, the shaded bank along the back lake is also an ideal place for people to stroll and have a rest. Traveling in Summer Palace, most visitors often miss the back part of the garden - Back Lake, which in fact is the quietest and most natural part of the garden. Surround by ancient trees, the shaded bank along the lake has become an ideal place for people to stroll and have a rest.

Studio of Distant Views (Tiaoyuanzhai) is located on the north bank of east section of the Back Lake. With an upper situation, the studio provides visitors with the beautiful scenery outside the Summer Palace. It was said that the studio was built for Empress Dowager Cixi to view the flower market held on the 8th day of the 4th month of the lunar calendar each year outside the bounding wall.

Visitors can reach the Back Lake by keep on walking north after passing the Marble Boat, or by going north after climbing over the Longevity Hill and passing the Sea of Wisdom.



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