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  IMG_3049.JPG - The summer palace was first constructed in 1750. It was one of five royal gardens. It was destroyed by the Anglo-French Allied forces in 1860. In 1888, Empress Dowager Cixi embezzled navy funds to reconstruct it for her own benefit, changing its name to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). She spent most of her later years there, dealing with state affairs and entertaining. In 1900, it suffered again, being ransacked by the Eight-Power Allied Force. After the success of the 1911 Revolution, it was opened to the public.  
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IMG 3049 | The summer palace was first constructed in 1750. It was one of five royal gardens. It was destroyed by the Anglo-French Allied forces in 1860. In 1888, Empress Dowager Cixi embezzled navy funds to reconstruct it for her own benefit, changing its name to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan). She spent most of her later years there, dealing with state affairs and entertaining. In 1900, it suffered again, being ransacked by the Eight-Power Allied Force. After the success of the 1911 Revolution, it was opened to the public.
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