China, Beijing, ”Yiheyuan” Summer Palace, “Daxi Lou”, Chinese classic
music at the Grand Stage. Originally built 1891 & completed in
1895, the Grand Stage is a complex structure compromising a three
storey building for performances & atwo storey make-up building.
The performance building consists of the “fortune”, “salary” &
“longevity” stage, where different operas Plays could be performed at
the same time. There were also performance props such as a spinning
board, a windlass & a high –pressure water machine, which made it
possible to enhance scenes of gods coming dawn to earth, apparitions
fleeing underground & water spewing forth. The Grand Stage in the
summer palace was the largest of the three grand stages in China,
distinguished Beijing opera actors of the Qing Dynasty performed here
for the Empress Dowager.
The grand Tower of Buddhist Incense, towering 41 meters, is the symbol of ”Yiheyuan” the Summer Palace, located in the north-western outskirts of Beijing. The garden from early 1750 is the largest & most celebrated imperial garden in China & had once been a summer resort for the emperors. It is acclaimed as a museum of gardens in China, for a visit to this garden bestow on sightseers a glimpse of representative scenes all over China.
The palace features hundreds of architecturally distinct buildings, halls, pavilions, pagodas, bridges & corridors dispersed among magnificent, elegant gardens. It has an area of 290 hectares, three quarters of which is water. The palace has three unique areas, Court Area, Longevity Hill Area & Kunming Lake Area.
The garden was originally named “Qingyi” the Garden of Clear Ripple, was a summer resort for the emperors in the Qing Dynasty, 1644-1911. In 1860, the garden was burnt down by the Anglo-French Allied Forces. In 1866, Empress “Dowager Cixi” rebuilt the garden using embezzled funds from the imperial navy & named it the Summer Palace. In 1900, during the Boxer Rebellion, the Eight-Power Allied Force ransacked the palace, after another rebuilding in 1903, the garden was restored to its original beauty & magnificence. As the grandest garden in China, it was added to the World Culture Heritage list in 1998.
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