颐和园(the Summer Palace)始建时便是一个御花园(imperial garden)。在清朝后期(the late Qing Dynasty)，颐和园遭到了严重破坏。而后清朝的统治者挪用建设军队的经费重建了颐和园。目前，颐和园是世界上建筑规模最大、保存最完整的皇家园林之一，吸收了中国各地建筑的特色。近年来，中国政府几次对园内建筑进行修缮。现在，这个古老御花园的面貌焕然一新，成为公众最喜欢的公园之一。
The Summer Palace was constructed as an imperial garden, which was seriously destroyed in the late Qing Dynasty. Later, the Qing rulers reconstructed the garden with the money intended for building up the army. Now the Summer Palace, one of the largest and the best-preserved royal gardens in the world, has absorbed the architectural features from all parts of China In recent years, the Chinese government has repaired and reconstructed the buildings in the garden several times. This old imperial garden now has taken on a completely new look, making it one of the most favorite parks.