Shangxia Tian­guang

China Scenic - - SPECIAL REPORT -

To cater to the pref­er­ences and tastes of five Qing em­per­ors, the ren­o­va­tions and al­ter­ations of the Old Sum­mer Palace went on and off for more than 100 of years. (1) Shangxia Tian­guang (Heav­enly Light Above and Be­low) was a two-layer build­ing be­side Back Lake, with a cor­ri­dor bridge wind­ing across on the wa­ter in front of it. (2) Midterm of Qian­long’s reign, the cor­ri­dor bridge be­came en­tirely sym­met­ri­cal in shape and the pavil­ions on its two side were iden­ti­cal. While in the reign of the Daoguang Em­peror, huge changes came to this scenic spot. (3) The cor­ri­dor bridge dis­ap­peared com­pletely and the main build­ing was changed to a Jiang­nan-style build­ing. (4) Dur­ing the reign of the Xian­feng Em­peror, a large sun­shade was added to the façade of the build­ing.

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