|Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing*|
|UNESCO World Heritage Site|
|Criteria||i, ii, iii|
|Inscription||1998 (22nd Session)|
|* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List. |
** Region as classified by UNESCO.
The Summer Palace or Yihe yuan (simplified Chinese: 颐和园; traditional Chinese: 頤和園; pinyin: Yíhé Yuán; literally "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony") is a palace in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill (60 meters high) and the Kunming Lake. It covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometers, three quarters of which is water. The central Kunming Lake covering 2.2 square kilometers was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill. In the Summer Palace, one finds a variety of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures.