Beihai, World's Earliest Royal Garden
|White Jade Buddha|
The statue in a niche in the rear part of Chengguang Hall is 1.5 meters high. It was carved out of a whole piece of jade. The crown and garment are of gold foil and inlaid with red and green crystals. Its left arm bears gashes made by swords, a result of the looting of soldiers of the Eight-Power Allied Forces who invaded Beijing in 1900.
The bridge linking the Circular City and Jade Flower Islet was built in the 13th century. Lotus flowers and petals are carved on its balusters and fence boards. Two archways stand on either side of the bridge.
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