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In 1747 the Qianlong emperor began an addition to the Eternal Spring Garden in the form of European-style buildings and gardens. The “20 Views”—engravings commissioned by Qianlong in 1783, reproduced in full here in Part 2—remain the only visual record of this ornate experiment in Western perspective. The European section of the imperial retreat is at the nexus of myth and reality between Orientalism and Occidentalism.
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