New Yuan Ming Yuan Palace

Surrounded with green mountains on three sides and with the southern side left open, the palace occupies an area of 1.39 sq km, including 80 000-sq-meter lake area. It is a copy of the Winter Palace in Beijing, which was burned down by the eight allied forces of the West during the late Qing Dynasty. Near 2 000 skillful artisans and craftsmen, literature and history experts, artists and sculptors took part in the construction. The New Yuan Ming Yuan Palace is a rare imitation of Chinese traditional architecture of the long past, functioning as an important educational base for Chinese patriotism.
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@ 2005-11-14 21:14:21
This is a cool looking complex.

Did anybody notice the odd looking "swastika" dock in the lake?

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@ 2006-05-25 08:22:48
The swastika-shaped island is a feature loosely based on an 18th-century building in the original Yuanmingyuan outside Beijing. The swastika is an emblem of the Buddha; the word in Chinese, pronounced "wan", is also a pun on the word for "10,000". The original Yuanmingyuan site was called Wan fang an he, which literally means "peace in 10,000 places", expressing a wish for peace everywhere in China.