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Pavilion of Bright Scenery (Jingming Lou)

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Originally built during Emperor Qianlong’s reign (1736-1795), the structure of the pavilion was a copy of a painting “A Picture of Enjoying the Cool under the Lotus Pavilion”, painted by Zhao Mengfu(1254-1322), a well-known artist in the Yuan Dynasty. The pavilion got its name from a line in a famous verse entitled A Note on the Yueyang Tower by Fan Zhongyan(989-1052), who wrote: “The Spring is peaceful and the scenery is bright, the billows are asleep.” Burned down by the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860, it was rebuilt in 1992.