Inside the Summer Palace. Emperor Qianlong was so impressed with that part of China that he built an imitation, where he would come in casual clothes and pretended to be a tourist to buy knick-knacks, as a playful game.
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Initially built by Qianlong for Dowager Cixi to watch operas before the completion of the Great Stage in the Garden of Virtues and Harmony (德和園). The Hall of Listening to Orioles is located mid-way on Longevity Hill, and was the place where the royal families would come to enjoy the operas and hold banquets.
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