Long Gallery, Summer Palace

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First built in the fifth year of the reign of the Emperor Qianlong of the Qing Dynasty (1750), the Long Gallery was destroyed by the allied forces of Britain and France in 1860. In 1888, it was rebuilt.

The Long Gallery stretches from the Yaoyue Gate in the east and ends with Shizhang Pavilion in the west. There are four pavilions at the eastern and western ends of it. They are Liujia Pavilion, Jilan Pavilion, Qiushui Pavilion and Qingyao Pavilion. Each pavilion symbolizes a season.

Having 273 rooms, the 728 meters long gallery is famed as the longest gallery in China. Except for its length, it also has more than 14,000 colored paintings on every beam and column. The themes of those colored paintings are taken from landscapes, birds and flowers, and the four great classical Chinese novels (Journey to the West, A Dream of the Red Mansion, Romance of the Three Kingdoms and Water Margin).
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