2010年05月17日

Yuan Ming Yuan Park, a Witness of Second Opium War 円明園

Late April 2010, I took a trip to Beijing and spent four days there. What made me anxious before leaving Japan was the yellow sand, a natural disaster notorious for making the population unhappy around this season. Fortunately, however, there was no need to worry about it. During my stay, the yellow sand was not much observed, and my trip, with the breeze cool and dry, was fairly comfortable.
One of the spots I wanted to visit most during the trip was Yuan Ming Yuan, a spacious public park today, but there stood Ching's luxurious palace buildings from the 18th to 19th century. All the structures, including the most prominent European-style buildings, are said to have been completely destroyed or burned down in the fire of the Second Opium War in October 1860. The stone ruins remaining in the European-style gardens look as if telling the tragedy of the war.
The following pictures will trace back what happened in this park 150 years ago.

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