Taoranting Park was the first modern garden established after the founding of New China in 1949. The wooded park, with its pavilions and ponds, is also a tourist attraction with its profound culture and history.
Taoranting(Taoran Pavilion) is one of the four pavilions in China. It was built in 1695, during Emperor Kangxi’s reign of the Qing Dynasty. The 90-square-metre pavilion with its fine hand-painted decorations and couplets by the well-known poets was a most attractive place for meeting and entertainment for the scholars of the Qing Dynasty. The Longshu Temple near and northwest of the Taoranting was another attractive place for scholars after the mid-Qing Dynasty. There are some fine buildings such as the Jianjiayi and Baobingtang in the temple. Taoranting Park offers many other tourist delights, including the Jinqiudun, Yantoushan, Heilongtan, Longwangting, Yingwuzhong, tomb of Saijinhua, the tomb of Gao Junyu and Shi Pingmei and the Yuhun Tower, which was moved from Zhongnanhai to Taoranting Park in 1954.
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