The first time to contact and understand Yuanmingyuan when I was a kid was to see it from the textbook. I remember that it should be an article written by Hugo, who denounced those foreigners who invaded Yuanmingyuan as shameless thieves. The Yuanmingyuan Garden is a splendid treasure in Chinese history. Such an ancient and precious building was ultimately incapable of the Qing court. The authorities fled and the Eight Kingdoms Army invaded Beijing. It was ruined and destroyed. It was also a pity that people had a terrible lesson.

Old photos before the ruins of the Yuanmingyuan:precious historical moments taken by foreigners are really shocking

Fortunately, photography technology was introduced to the Qing Dynasty at that time, and some foreigners used the camera to take pictures of some precious historical moments of the Yuanmingyuan, leaving precious for future generations. Film and television materials are the most fortunate. These photos have also become precious cultural relics in people’s history. But it is also very sad that future generations can only understand the glory of Yuanmingyuan through these photos, which is really distressing.

Old photos before the destruction of Yuanmingyuan:The precious historical moments taken by foreigners are really shocking

We can see from the photos that Yuanmingyuan is indeed the garden of Wanyuan. Its architecture integrates the different characteristics of China and the West, and the whole atmosphere is magnificent and self-contained. , The momentum gives a shocking feeling. The spring water sprayed from the zodiac statue also became a highlight, which also reflects the wisdom of the highest craftsmen in ancient times. Unfortunately, the bronze statues of the twelve zodiac beasts were eroded by the invaders and returned to the country after being eroded by the war.

Old photos before the ruins of Yuanmingyuan:precious historical moments taken by foreigners are really shocking

And this picture can be seen, it is very consistent with the Yuanmingyuan after the destruction, it is just the state before and after the destruction. Although we had never experienced it in that painful era, the ruins of the Yuanmingyuan Park brought the most painful lessons to people. It reminds us at all times that we must keep history in mind and keep up with the times, otherwise we will be beaten if we are backward.

Old photos before the ruins of Yuanmingyuan:precious historical moments taken by foreigners are really shocking