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Seventeen Arches Bridge

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Seventeen Arches Bridge

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The Great Wall of China is an ancient fortification, more than 13,000 miles (21,000 kilometers) in length—it’s also China’s top attraction. Parts of the wall are in poor condition or else crowded with visitors. But, on this guided tour, you get to visit the quieter, under-the-radar Mutianyu section, which has also undergone a complete restoration.
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Susan M wrote a review Sep 2019
Dunedin41 contributions12 helpful votes
As part of our trip to China, this was included. We found it very relaxing on an extremely hot afternoon.
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Date of experience: June 2019
PipPaul W wrote a review Sep 2019
Buckfastleigh, United Kingdom1,437 contributions428 helpful votes
Nice bridge over the water - well, it's a bridge, what do you expect - in the grounds of the Summer Palace. What more can I say
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Date of experience: September 2019
stephenbrg wrote a review Jun 2019
Townsville, Australia608 contributions155 helpful votes
The Seventeen Arches Bridge is one of two means - the other is by boat - of accessing Nanju Island in Kunming Lake at the Summer Palace. (The Empress Cuxi convinced the administration to pay for the lake on the pretext that she intended to use it to train the Navy - but like many government projects that never happened once the construction was complete). The 17 arches consist of the main arch plus 8 arches on each side of it - so that, whichever way you crossed it, you traversed 9 arches to get to the middle - the Emperor's number. You can see it anywhere from the Summer Palace but the easiest way to get to it is by going to the eastern end of the Long Gallery and walking down the paved pedestrian road to the south. Check out the guy doing water calligraphy on the roadway with a small broom sized brush - he was there both days we went and did a pretty fair water portrait of my wife to break up the calligraphy. Lots of bystanders. The 17 arches bridge is not particularly spectacular in itself but it is a good place to take photographs back up across the lake to the main Summer Palace Buildings - and also is a good background for other photos across to the island.
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Date of experience: May 2019
KarmaKarma wrote a review May 2019
New Smyrna Beach, Florida102 contributions15 helpful votes
We went to Beijing this March and visited the Summer Palace. We had great weather and it wasn't very crowded. A must see when in Beijing
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Date of experience: March 2019
wyattang wrote a review Dec 2018
Singapore, Singapore431 contributions102 helpful votes
The 17 Arches Bridge peaked a central middle Arch as the number nineth Arch no matter which side of the bridge u came from( 8 arches on each side plus a Middle 9th arch = 17 arches) 9 is an auspicious Number in ancient Chinese Fengshui hence the arches are numbered this way. An annual spectacle that only happens for a few days(20 mins each day at sunset from 4.30pm - about close to 5pm) during the Winter Solstice(plus minus 2-3days). The sun is projecting at the right angle and at its lowest point in relation to the arches from the west of this bridge, creates a spectacular golden Red light through the 17 Arches when viewed from the west of this bridge(only on the shore of Nanhu Island). - literally hundreds and thousands of tourists flocked to the Seventeen-Arch bridge on Kunming lake near Beijing’s Summer palace to witness this Marvelous Brilliance. Some Photographers came as early as 1st light in the morning to camp here for the ultimate Position that gives the best Photogenic shot without crowds in the way.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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