- This site consists mainly of broken columns and marble facades. The original palace was destroyed by Anglo-French troops who set fire to it after the Taiping Rebellion in 1860. Few relics survived the three-day-and-night fire, but traces of the palace's architectural beauty can still be seen. The site, including a vast lake, is far larger than the new Summer Palace. It is popular with people seeking a quieter and more secluded alternative to the overcrowded excesses of the Summer Palace and other major tourist spots.
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