Peach blossoms in Summer Palace to enter best viewing period


In the Summer Palace full of the charm of classical gardens, visitors enjoy themselves so much as to forget to leave. Every year in mid-March, peach blossoms bloom on the west embankment of the Summer Palace, with slender branches spreading out towards the water. The picturesque scenery in the Kunming Lake is breathtakingly beautiful. 

The long corridor is between the south foot of Wanshou Hill and the north shore of Kunming Lake. It was first built in the 15th year of Emperor Qianlong's reign in the Qing Dynasty (1750). With a total length of 728 meters and 548 columns, it shows the four seasons.

The long corridor is famous for its exquisite architectures and colorful paintings, and it's also the longest corridor in Chinese ancient architecture and gardens. There more than 14,000 colorful paintings on the columnns, which are bright and magnificent. Most of the paintings are landscapes, flowers and birds, and plots from the Four Great Classical Novels of China. Painters condensed thousands of years of Chinese history and culture into this long corridor.

Zhichun Pavilion is located on the east bank of Kunming Lake, with a construction area of 104.84 square meters. "The duck knows first when the river becomes warm in spring", a famous poem wrote by the well-known Chinese poet Su Shi from Northern Song Dynasty. The poem is said to be the source of the name.