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Yesterday, I returned to Summmer Palace near Beijing to visit the site that has been promoted as UNESCO's World Heritage of Culture.

As walking alongside the Long Corridor, I saw a traveler in royal dress. What made her not a real priness was, she held a digital electronic device in hands.

Please share the funny moment.


The 728-meter-long corridor runs from a moon gate in the east to Shizhang Pavilion in the west. All the 273 sections are decorated with more than 8,000 paintings of landscapes, flowers and human figures. It is the longest and most famous corridor in the world.

The Long Corridor is a covered walkway, 2,238 feet long that runs by Kunming lake. It is the longest walkway in any Chinese garden. It has over 14,000 traditional Chinese paintings on the beams and crossbeams. Look up and along every pillar and crevice you will see the paintings of scenes from West Lake in HuangZhou (at the far end of China's Grand Canal to the south), episodes from Chinese classic literature, flowers, architecture and landscapes.

Because the paintings need to be touched up every 12 years to keep them from fading and the work of the artisans has varied over the years, the intricacies of the art is sometimes lost, but it is still breathtaking to behold. The corridor is interspersed with a quartet of double-eave octagonal pavilions symbolizing each of the four seasons. The function of corridors in Chinese garden architecture is to offer a sheltered passageway from direct sun as well as inclement weather when passing between buildings.


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