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Beihai, World's Earliest Royal Garden

Part 3

Shanyin Hall Click to view full (25.1k)
South of the White Pagoda on Jade Flower Islet is the Yong'an Temple of Lamaism. The Shanyin Hall, a structure of glazed tiles in imitation of wood, is 4.4 meters wide. The round upper part is topped with a roof of copper tiles and a gilt ball. On the four sides of the square lower part there are 445 Buddhist statues of glazed tiles.

Shanyin Hall bronze dew plate Bronze Dew Plate Click to view full (17.8k)
It is placed on a white stone terrace on the northern side of Jade Flower Islet guarded by white marble balusters. A bronze immortal perches on top of a stone pillar ornamented with a. twining dragon and holds with his hands the dew plate. It is said during the Qing Dynasty the emperor often used the dew collected in the plate to brew his medicine.

Long Corridor Click to view full (36.9k)
The 300-meter-long corridor of two layers runs from Yiqing Tower to the east to Fenleng Pavilion to the west. It is a copy of the corridor in the Jiangtian Temple in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province. The corridor is a wonderful decoration of the landscape.

long corridor Jingxinzhai Jingxinzhai (Studio of Rested Heart) Click to view full (37.8k)
It was built in 1759. Also known as Little Garden of Qian Long, it is the best garden in Beihai Park. The palatial halls, tranquil rooms, rockeries in strange shapes and a stream provide changing sights.


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