The Summer Palace is an Chinese Wonder in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. A Wonder that produces banner armies, it is built to advance Ages.

Bonuses Edit

It slowly produces any of the six banner armies of the player's choice that are available from the War Academy. Banner armies can only be spawned if available in that Age, and take about six to seven times longer to be spawned than to be trained at the War Academy. Unlike the Porcelain Tower, the work rate of the Summer Palace is unaffected by the Age it is built in.

Statistics Edit

The table below compares the time required to produce an army from the War Academy versus the required time to spawn from the Summer Palace. The perceived resources are calculated by dividing the cost of the army by the training time. Note that the German Consulate decreases the cost of banner armies and therefore decreases the perceived resource trickle. On the other hand, the perceived efficiency can be improved with The Old Han Reforms card (increases the cost of some banner armies by as much as 50%) and the Banner School card (reduces the spawn time by 7%)

Icon Army War Academy Summer Palace Rate of resource cost
Old Han Army 25s 153s 1.18/s wood, 1.67/s food
Standard Army 25s 151s 1.69/s food, 1.13/s coin
Ming Army 25s 158s 0.76/s wood, 2.18/s food
Territorial Army 33s 193s 1.48/s food, 1.32/s coin
Forbidden Army 29s 294s 1.63/s food, 1.19/s coin
Imperial Army 33s 255s 1.88/s food, 1/s coin

Shipments Edit

This Wonder provides a number of food crates. It is most commonly build while advancing to the Colonial Age, as the food is very helpful for aging quickly to the Fortress Age. Also, the units it provides over time are helpful when defending during the transition to the Fortress Age, and also provide a nice boost to the army later on.

History Edit

"The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is among the most noted and classical gardens of the world. The Old Summer Palace was constructed in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) during the succeeding reigns of feudal emperors; by the time of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it had “become a luxurious retreat providing royal families with rest and entertainment. Originally called “Qingyi Garden” (Garden of Clear Ripples), it was part of the famous “three hills and five gardens”: Longevity Hill, Jade Spring Mountain, Fragrant Hill, Garden of Clear Ripples, Garden of Everlasting Spring, Garden of Perfection and Brightness, Garden of Tranquility and Brightness, and Garden of Tranquility and Pleasure. An Anglo-French invasion force destroyed the garden during the second Opium War. In 1888 the Dowager Empress Cixi rebuilt the garden and renamed it the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

Centered on the Tower of Buddhist Incense (Foxiangge) the Summer Palace consists of over 3,000 structures, including pavilions, towers, bridges, and corridors. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares (726.5 acres), three quarters of which is water. Guided by nature, artists designed the gardens so that visitors would see marvelous views and be amazed by perfect examples of refined craftwork and the finest materials.

Gallery Edit