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Summer Palace Royal Theater is to Open Soon

Date: 2012.10.29 Editor: Evelyn Shi

Deheyuan Garden in Summer Palace, the largest royal theater in China, finished restoration project and will be open to public next year.


The scale of the restoration work, which began last year, has been the largest during the past six decades. The restoration work includes renovation of the main buildings, and reconstruction and an upgrade to the security system, fire control, and other issues. All the work aims to keep its original designs and structures.


Deheyuan Garden, literally meaning the garden of virtue and harmony, was built as a theatre for the Empress Dowager. Its construction began in 1891, the 17th year of Emperor Guangxu’s reign, and lasted for five years. The three storey theatre stage is the biggest and best-preserved wooden stage, comprising a delicate design and magnificent structure.