Old Sum­mer Palace stones to be re­in­forced

China Daily European Weekly - - News Digest -

The sur­viv­ing rem­nants of col­umns and gates in Bei­jing’s Yuan­mingyuan — or Old Sum­mer Palace — will be re­in­forced to pre­vent them from col­laps­ing, park of­fi­cials said on May 23. The ru­ins have been pre­served for nearly 160 years as a symbol of the na­tion’s col­lec­tive pain after they were de­stroyed by for­eign mil­i­tary forces in the mid-19th cen­tury. Foun­da­tions of the stone rem­nants in the ru­ins of Yuany­ing Guan (Im­mense Ocean Ob­ser­va­tory) will be strength­ened as part of the pro­ject, which will last un­til late Septem­ber, ac­cord­ing to the ad­min­is­tra­tive of­fice of Yuan­mingyuan Ru­ins Park. Yuany­ing Guan, which cov­ers 1,465 square me­ters, is a key site in the Xiyang Lou (Western Man­sions) area of Yuan­mingyuan.

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