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The Summer Palace in Beijing was built by the Qing emperors to escape the hustle and bustle of court life and was the venue used by the Dowager Empress Cixi for her lavish birthday celebrations. An imposing Buddhist temple overlooks a vast artificial lake, surrounded by elaborate pagodas and bridges. Little wonder that this idyllic place now draws hundreds of tourists and residents wishing to spend a leisurely day away from the city centre.
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5 November 2010

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to introduce Chinese leisure activities. Ask the students to use the clip to create a map of the Summer Palace with different things in it and they can insert the different leisure activities in different places on the map, like climbing on the mountain or dancing in the garden.

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