The Imperial Private Telephone Line in the Summer Palace
In 1908， the Qing Government installed a telephone line between Shuimuziqin Hall in the Summer Palace and the East Side hall of Laixunfeng Gate in Xiyuan (Today's Zhongnanhai ) for the exclusive use of Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu.That was the first imperial telephone line in the history of China.It turned the Summer Palace into a political，military and diplomatic command center.
Previously in 1902,after Empress Dowager Cixi and Emperor Guangxu returned from their refuge in Xi'an to Beijing，they noticed that the rapid communication could play an important role in military and administrative affairs. Subsequently，they installed a telephone line between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the city of Beijing and the Infantry Headquarters in the Summer Palace. Later, the Qing Government opened Dongdan Ertiao Telephone Office and Xiyuan Second Telephone Office in Haidian District to connect the Summer Palace with various ministries and banner camps .That was the earliest telephone network in Beijing.
Service hours：8:30——17:00 (Busy Season:from April 1 to October 31.); 9:00——16:00 (Slack Season:from November 1 to March 31.);
Dates：a long-term exhibition from 2006 July ;
Direct:The Summer Palace Administrative Office;China United Network Telecommunications Corporation Beijing.