Tour around China 2012:

Beijing's Summer Palace is on the World Heritage List and is described as 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. The central Kunming Lake was entirely man made and the excavated soil was used to build Longevity Hill.

Construction began in 1750 as a luxurious royal garden and it later became the main residence of royal members at the end of the Qing Dynasty. It served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi, who diverted funds originally designated for the Chinese navy into its enlargement and reconstruction, including the Marble Boat.

I made the 1080/60p movie from stills and video clips taken with my Panasonic SD800 camcorder and edited with iMovie at 60fps on an iMac as described on my webpage at

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