I may have misheard the origins of this colourful gathering of buildings at the end of our visit to the Summer Palace. What I understood was that it had been built to keep the concubines happy within the confines of the imperial grounds: somewhere to shop, see what was on offer outside the walls, and get away from the formality of the court.
Our tour did not include a closer look at the buildings, which, I suspect, were restored. Fortunately there was a bridge from which we could take photos.
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