It was originally named the Garden of Clear Ripples when it was constructed in the 18th century. The enemies burned it down, but it was rebuilt in 1888 and named the Summer Palace. The purpose remained the same – it was built with the idea of Royal family members to spend leisure time here.
Today, it is one of the most popular royal parks in China. It spreads on over 300 hectares of surface and includes pavilions, bridges, towers, and other structures. The breathtaking imperial gardens and the beauty of nature are why the Summer Palace got into the list of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites in 1998.