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Summer Palace - Back Lake

Wandering behind Longevity Hill, the water of Kunming Lake forms the "'Back Lake" (HouHu). Visitors can get there either by passing the Marble Boat towards the (north) east, or by heading west from the north gate.

With fewer buildings north of the Summer Palace, the landscape surrounding Back Lake is secluded and elegant. Exuberantly green forests and twisting paths provide a unique natural beauty, rather like a valley.