-- East Palace Gate --
Facing west, East Palace Gate is
the main entrance to the Summer Palace. It has three openings, one in the
center for the emperors and empresses exclusively while the two side for the
princes and court officials.
A plaque inscribed with Chinese
characters "the Summer Palace" written by emperor Guang Xu is hung over the
In the center of the stairs in front of the gate is a stone
carving depicting the scene of two dragons playing with a pearl. Made during
the reign of Emperor Qianlong (1736-1795), it was originally set in
Yuanmingyuan Garden and later moved here.
About 200m from the gate
lies a memorial archway. On each side of the memorial archway is an
inscription. The one facing the east is "Han Xu" which means "modesty" and the
one west is "Yan Xiu" which means "collecting excellence"- not only excellent
scenery but also excellent people.
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