Pictorial plan. Běijīng Yíhé Yuán – Wànshòu Shān – niǎokàn [i.e. Beijing Summer Imperial Palace – Longevity Mountain – with Bird’s Eye View]. 52,5x76,5 cm.
Brochure. Yíhé Yuán = Ikheiuan’ (byvshii Letnii imperatorskii dvorets) [i.e. Summer Palace]. Beijing, 1954. 7 pp. 22x16 cm. In original illustrated wrappers.
In original printed envelope decorated with ornamental frame. Both map and brochure are in very good condition, envelope worn, with spot.
In Chinese and Russian.
The Summer Palace is among the most visited destinations in China, ranking in the top five, and attracts about 10 million tourists annually.
The plan was compiled completely in Chinese. Its rear side contains some photographs of sights with Chinese descriptions. Without any changes, the print was included in a set for Russian tourists and was supplemented with the brochure in Russian. In the latter, names are doubled in both languages.
The brochure lists and describes 30 attractions marked in the pictorial plan. They may be divided into six different sections or scenic areas: the Halls, Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake, the Farming and Weaving Picture Scenic Area, the Long Corridor, and the Central Axis area. Kunming Lake covers about three quarters of the area. Most of the important buildings were built along the north–south axis of Longevity Hill. Since 1953, many major restoration and renovation works have been done on the Summer Palace, which is now open to the public as a tourist attraction and park (Wikipedia).