Ruins of a Mighty Palace
The history of the Old Summer Palace is tragic—and perhaps uncomfortable for Western tourists. It was looted and burned down by a combined army of British and French soldiers. Only the stark marble columns of the Western-style section remain, as the wooden portions were burned down by the Anglo-French forces. What wasn't grabbed by the soldiers ended up burned along with the rest of the palace. Pick your way through the scattered stones, and walk through the (reconstructed) marble labyrinth.
By Lisa Gay
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