The Old Summer Palace blends some architecture styles like the European Revival of Learning era and the Chinese Daoism architectures and perfectly integrates several different architecture styles into one.
Originally built in the Kangxi Period of the Qing Dynasty, the Old Summer Palace is a large imperial palace in China. It is located at Haidian, the western suburbs of Beijing and comprised of the Old Summer Palace, Garden of Everlasting Spring, and Garden of Blossoming Spring with a total area of 350 hectares. Emperor Kangxi named it in person and wrote a tablet for it. Here "Yuan" refers to excellent integrity and ethics of persons surpassing the average persons without any defects, "Ming" refers to outstanding political achievements, perfection and wisdom. Therefore, it can be said that the two Chinese characters "Yuan Ming" is an ideal standard of the ancient Chinese open-minded emperors.