Imperial Garden Recreated Using Digital Imaging

Imperial Garden recreated through digital imagingArchitects from the Beijing Qinghua Urban Planning and Design Institute used digital imaging technology to restore the imperial garden destroyed by Anglo-French troops 150 years ago. Experts successfully recreated a three-dimensional images of the scenic spots in Yuan Ming Yuan located in the northwest suburbs of Beijing.

The digitized Yuan Ming Yuan of Old Summer Palace will be presented in the ongoing East Asia Cultural Heritage Protection Seminar in Hohhot. The digitized project will show how the garden changed from 1740 to 2010. Experts spent more than ten years gathering historical documents containing information in the imperial resort, hoping to depict the resort as accurately as possible.

The Old Summer Palace was built during the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it was known for its elegant architecture and aesthetic features. It was also the symbol of achievements in Chinese Gardening. In 1860 the garden was plundered by British and French troops in the Second Opium War, with buildings inside the gardens destroyed as the garden was set afire that lasted for days.

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