Palace replica opens amid controversy
Updated: 2015-05-11 08:02
By WANG KAIHAO(China Daily)
The controversial replica of the Old Summer Palace, or Yuanmingyuan, Beijing's renowned garden complex that was looted by British and French troops in 1860, opened its gates on Sunday in Dongyang, Zhejiang province.
The New Yuanmingyuan Palace cost 30 billion yuan ($4.8 billion). It covers more than 400 hectares at Hengdian World Studios, China's largest outdoor film studio, and claims to duplicate the former royal retreat in its original size.
The Old Summer Palace in northwest Beijing was first constructed in the early 18th century as a site to honor both the best of Chinese landscaping and Western styles.