Beijing China tour to explore Summer Palace garden is full of interests and colors. The Hall of Benevolence and Longevity is the main hall of the Summer Palace. First built in 1750, it was then called the Hall of Industrious Government. But the Anglo-French Allied Force burned down the building in 1860. The present building was reconstructed in 1890 and Emperor Guangxu gave the name of the hall. This is the most important hall for political activities in the palace. It will take your Beijing travel to the ancient times. It was the palace for Emperor Guangxu and Empress Dowager Cixi to handle state affairs and receive foreign envoys. Like the Hall of Supreme Harmony in the Forbidden City, this hall houses a red sandalwood throne carved with nine dragon design – the symbol of Supreme Power. Behind this throne is a red sandalwood screen, on the mirror 226 characters of the word Longevity were written with 100 bats in the background to represent happiness and longevity, because the word bat is harmonymous in Chinese languages. Very often bat designs were used to indicate happiness. The big character Longevity was believed to be written by Empress Dowager Cixi. Tours in Beijing here you would get that Chinese ancient people paid much attention in the building and name.