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Old Summer Palace replica to open in Zhejiang on May 10

The first phase of the construction of the Old Summer Palace replica was recently completed.
The Old Summer Palace was destroyed by French and British troops who conducted extensive looting of the imperial garden complex in 1860 during the Second Opium War.
Chunyuan (the Spring Garden), the largest of the four major gardens in the palace, is expected to open to the public on May 10, 2015. Chunyuan contains 45 independent smaller gardens, each filled with pavilions and structures in imperial and traditional folk architectures, in addition to the manmade Lake Fuhai (“Good Fortune Lake”). The replica of the Old Summer Palace will eventually have four zones that will cover a total of 6,200 mu (about 1021.36 acres) and will contain 100 smaller gardens.
A total of 30 billion yuan (about US$4.8 billion) has been invested in the construction of the replica of the palace. The other three gardens in the palace complex will be completed in 2016. The palace builders and operators said they have collected cultural relics and artworks from all over China that they will use along with contemporary replicas to try their best to recreate the interior installments of the original Old Summer Palace while adding modern amenities like LED screens and fountains. The new palace may also become a major shooting location for films and TV dramas in the future.

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