The New Yuan Ming Palace
Aerial images of the New Yuan Ming Palace built in Hengdian, Zhejiang Province have recently been published online, and the whole thing is pretty insane.
The construction of the Yuanmingyuan (Old Summer Palace) replica cost about 30 billion yuan. Eight billion yuan was spent on basic construction along with the purchase of land, household relocation, housing, afforestation, water, roads, interior design and other expenses. The other 22 billion yuan was mainly used for the recovery and replication of the original Yuanmingyuan relics.
Aerial View of the Palace
The New Yuan Ming Palace, located 1,000 kilometers from the original Beijing landmark and covering a land area of 6,200 acres, is set to open in 2016. The site is composed of 100 gardens, divided among the Spring Park, Summer Park, Autumn Park and Winter Park, which replicate 95 percent of the architecture in the original palace.
Spring Park, opening on May 10, is one of the largest parks and consists of 45 different gardens and a manmade lake known as Fuhai.
Xu Wenrong, founder of the Hengdian Sigong Working Committee and head of construction on the project, said in a press release that the site “will be a multi-functional theme park and it will bring new growth to the local economy, especially regarding tourism.”
Not everyone, however, is thrilled about the expensive reproduction. A survey published on China.org found that 63 percent of netizens were against the project.
The original Yuanmingyuan was an imperial park built in 1709 during the Qing Dynasty for the royal family. It was damaged by British and French troops in 1860 and again in 1900 by allied force troops from the United States, Russia, and Britain. The original park is located in the northwest section of Beijing.
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By Sharon Choi