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Beihai, World's Earliest Royal Garden

Part 4


Liulige Tower Click to view full (21.9k)
Looking west from Diecui Tower in Jingxinzhai one sees a high structure--the Liulige Tower. The four sides of the square tower are lined with glazed tiles and bear l,376 small Buddha statues, also made of glazed tiles.

Liulige Tower five-dragon pavilions Five-Dragon Pavilions Click to view full (16.5k)
They were built in 1543. The five waterborne pavilions are connected by zigzag bridges. The one in the middle is the largest. In old days the emperor and his consorts came here to fish, watch fireworks or admire the moon.

Guanyin Hall of Minor Western Heaven Click to view full (25.3k)
Western Heaven in Buddhism is the Land of Extreme Happiness. Emperor Qian Long built the Guanyin Hall at Minor Western Heaven for his mother to pray for her happiness and longevity. It is the largest palatial hall in the style of a square pavilion in China. A plaque with the characters "Land of Extreme Happiness" in the handwriting of Emperor Qian Long hangs from the ceiling.

Guanyin Hall Jade Islet stele Jade Islet Stele Click to view full (30k)
The towering ancient trees on the western slopes of Jade Flower Islet have created one of the Eight Views of Yanjing. It is known as "Jade Islet in Shady Springtime". The stele, erected in 1751, is inscribed with this phrase in the calligraphy of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing.

Nine-Dragon Screen
Made in 1756, the screen wall is five meters high, 1.2 meters thick and 27 meters long. The whole thing is built with glazed color bricks. On either side of it there are nine dragons, also made of glazed bricks, each playing with a pearl amidst waves of clouds.
Nine-Dragon screen
Nine-Dragon Screen
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