2010年05月17日

Yuan Ming Yuan Park 円明園

Late April, I took a trip to Beijing and spent four days there. What made me anxious before leaving Japan was yellow sand which is notorious for making the population unhappy around this season. But there was no need to worry about it. The yellow sand was no big problem; the breeze, cool and dry, made the trip rather comfortable.
During the stay, I visited Yuan Ming Yuan, a huge park where a luxurious, gigantic imperial palace of the Qing Dynasty was placed from the 18th to 19th century. All buildings in the palace, however, are said to have been destroyed or burned out by the Allied Forces in the Second Opium War in 1859, and there are only the ruins left today. The following pictures trace back what happened in this park 150 years ago.


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