Old summer palace replica a reminder of past glory and past pain

20 May 2015

A US$4.8 billion replica of Beijing's famed Old Summer Palace, the former retreat of emperors that was looted and destroyed by British and French troops in 1860, has opened in the eastern province of Zhejiang to much controversy. Its developer wants it to remind the young of China's glorious past. But critics say it brings back the humiliation China suffered at the hands of the imperial powers, and the administrators of the original site have threatened to sue. These photographs from Imaginechina, Reuters, EPA, AP and Xinhua.