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Coordinates: 39°59′51.00″N 116°16′8.04″E? / ?39.9975°N 116.2689°E? / 39.9975; 116.2689

Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing*
UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Summer Palace in Beijing
State Party China
Type Cultural
Criteria i, ii, iii
Reference 880
Region** Asia-Pacific
Inscription history
Inscription 1998  (22nd Session)
* Name as inscribed on World Heritage List.
** Region as classified by UNESCO.

The Summer Palace or Yihe yuan (simplified Chinese: traditional Chinese: 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.

The Summer Palace started out life as the Garden of Clear Ripples (simplified Chinese: 清漪园traditional Chinese: 清漪園pinyin: Qīngyī Yuán) in 1750 (Reign Year 15 of

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