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Bilingual DVD: Travle to China - the Summer Palace (Chinese/English)

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The Summer Palace, 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 in 1750 (Reign Year 15 of Qianlong Emperor). Artisans reproduced the garden architecture styles of various palaces in China. Kunming Lake was created by extending an existing body of water to imitate the West Lake in Hangzhou.

The palace complex suffered two major attacks — during the Anglo-French allied invasion of 1860 (with the Old Summer Palace also ransacked at the same time), and during the Boxer Rebellion, in an attack by the eight allied powers in 1900. The garden survived and was rebuilt in 1886 and 1902. In 1888, it was given the current name, Yihe Yuan. It served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi, who diverted 30 million taels of silver, said to be originally designated for the Chinese navy (Beiyang Fleet), into the reconstruction and enlargement of the Summer Palace.

In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It declared the Summer Palace "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value." It is a popular tourist destination but also serves as a recreational park.

Now your family can enjoy a virtual tour to the Summer Palace in two languages (Mandarin Chinese and English) with concealed subtitles in Chinese and English as well, a perfect way to learn Chinese language and Chinese culture. All the menu options are in English and Chinese.

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北京——中国的首都,是中华大地上最令人神往的一个地方她是一座拥有悠久历史的文化城,同时又是一个朝气蓬勃的国际都会,融合着传统与现代,在这里,俯首皆是岁月封尘的记忆、到处都有令人神往的迷人风光。今日之北京作为历代都城,历史为她积淀下煌煌帝都景观和淳厚的文化神韵,成为对游人最为独特和最有诱惑的地方。北京之旅,不仅是名胜风光之旅,也是一次难得的文化之旅。

正因为北京具有独特而非凡的魅力,为此我们将分四篇来介绍北京不同的人文风貌。本片主要为您讲解颐和园、天坛、圆明园等地的旅游景观。

目录
颐和园
圆明园
天坛


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