Bridge of Pastoral Poem Beijing

This bridge was originally named the Mulberry and Ramie Bridge while the Summer Palace was still the Garden of Clear Ripples. As the Chinese pronunciation of this name sounds similar to the name of Emperor Xianfeng, the bridge's name had to be changed to avoid an Imperial Court taboo.

The present name was borrowed from the title of an old forlksong from the Book of Poems, the first songbook in China. The folksong depicted the agricultural life of peasants in anceint China and was entitled "The Pastoral Poem". Both names were supposed to demonstrate the great attention that emperors paid to agriculture.
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