Summer Palace, Beijing, April 2010
In April I took a business trip to China, and had a spare morning, so I visited the Summer Palace. This is the "new" Summer Palace, founded by the Qing dynasty emperor Qianlong around 1750. It was badly damaged by Anglo-French forces in the Second Opium War in 1860, restored by the Dowager Empress Cixi in 1888, then damaged again by foreign troops in response to the Boxer Rebellion in 1900, and since restored again.
I just had time to visit the northeast corner, which contains most of the major buildings, but there's a lot more to it!