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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), Beijing
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The assembly of lakes, palaces, gardens, and pavilions that make up Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) dates back to the 12-century Jin dynasty. This World Heritage Site served as a residence for members of the Qing dynasty in the 18th and 19th centuries. The complex contains an exemplary collection of landscaped royal gardens, temples, bridges, and palaces. Look out for the 96 m (315 ft) stone boat constructed entirely from marble, and for the elaborately painted and decorated corridor connecting the Hall of Joy and Longevity to the Shizhang Pavilion. Using our custom trip planner, Beijing attractions like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • I was amazed at the size and the detail. This was something I knew very little about, and turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip 
  • Summer Palace is a must visit attraction for all people including locals and tourists. The palace formerly known as the Garden of Clear Ripples, is huge and it can take more than a day to see everythi...  more »
  • My wife and I had only three hours here for our tour and boat cruise but we were amazed at the size of the grounds, the beauty of the palaces and the lake cruise really gives one a restful spot to tak...  more »
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  • If you want to visit the Summer Palace, you need a full day and about 25km of walk. But it worth it! Incredible scenery and history. I recommend the audio guide and you can find a big map at the entrance (7 yuan). There's also a student price for the audio guide (which is not common in China)
  • Summer Palace is extremely elegant and beautiful. Surrounded by lakes and gardens you come to a "heavenly" place. Boat ride in the lakes gives you added pleasure. We were there in 2010 and don't forget to visit Forbidden city and Tiananmen Square too.
  • A fantastic garden to see, it is huge with loads of wonderful architecture, stunning views and great artwork. Make sure you get a map at the door! You could easily spend a couple days there. Went for 5 hours and still barely seen half of it
  • One of the top tourist sites in Beijing, the Summer Palace is a peaceful outdoor retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city. The site features a majestic lake, historic gates and courtyard homes built for emperors, ancient temples, and beautiful vistas. Well worth a visit when touring Beijing.
  • Enjoy a magnificent landscape, picturesque nature. Excellent condition and lots of facilities. Try to take a dragon boat ride across the lake.