HANRAD COLLECTIBLES exhibits a selection from its exclusive collections in the Old Summer Palace. The venue is known as the ‘Gardens of Perfect Brightness’, originally called the Imperial Gardens, and sometimes called the Winter Palace. The palace is 8 kilometers (5.0 mi) northwest of the walls of the former Imperial City section of Beijing. Widely perceived as the pinnacle work of Chinese imperial garden and palace design, the Old Summer Palace was known for its extensive collection of gardens, its building architecture and numerous art and historical treasures. Constructed throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Old Summer Palace was the main imperial residence of Qianlong Emperor of the Qing dynasty and his successors, and where they handled state affairs; the Forbidden City was used for formal ceremonies. It was reputed as the “Garden of Gardens” in its heyday. Over one hundred guests attended the opening of the exclusive HANRAD collectibles exhibition. This exciting event highlighted the unique experience of participating in the ancient Song Scholars Tea Ceremony, Guqin musical concert and cultural seminars.