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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), Beijing

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#2 of 3,889 in Parks in China
#Castle, #Garden, #Must See
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. Plan a trip to Beijing easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • The summer palace is hard to describe in its true magnitude. The park is enormous and yet each square metre is jam packed with beautiful historic detail. Palaces in styles from across China, Tibetan t...  more »
  • Were at the beginning of may, on a weekday, but a lot of people, especially kids. Cute Park but strong impressions are not produced. An interesting long Gallery Empress, all painted by artists, no one figure isn't repeated, paints a vivid. Really liked the Marina as a vessel-jade boat. There are separate beautiful corners. Many souvenir shops and snack. Cross the Lake by boat with the head of a dragon-20 Yuan.
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  • This is a wonderful palace complex in the NorthWest of the city. If you have a whole day you can see most of the grounds but if you only have half a day I'd recommend entering in the North entrance, f...  more »
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  • This place gets very busy in the afternoon. Worth visiting early morning to avoid crowds. Huge place, not very peaceful around the waterfront, but well worth a visit if you head to Beijing. Stunning in the Spring/Summer. Visiting the Palace is a surcharge fee... But if you decide you want to visit it whilst in the gardens you can buy tickets inside so you don't have to go back to the entrance. Expect to climb quite a few steps if you visit the Palace... You can also access the Palace from the gardens at the top / back if you prefer not to go up the steps from the waterfront.
  • This palace is a MUST if you’re in Beijing! A short taxi out of the city and you’re in beautiful surrounds by the lake. There is an initial entry fee which costs next to nothing and then you must pay to access the temple etc within the complex. Choose your times wisely because it gets damn packed. The painted walkway is stunning and when the lotuses are in bloom - wow - astonishing!
  • Lots of walking about and an interesting place. I loved the lake and the gardens. Nice and cool walk. Although the price in the shops there are high but I guess that's most tourist places. I enjoyed my time here. And would recommend it as a place to see in Beijing. I felt I wasn't really in the city so it was a nice welcome break.
  • Summer palace is a great peacefulness place. Be prepared with your best snickers since you have to walk a Lot! Actually you can spend a whole day there. Totally worth it! Be prepared to be asked by locals to take some pictures. You will feel like a pro superstar. There are several ways to get from one point to another within summer palace
  • I don't know what to say..having heard about it as a must do when in Beijing ,I was kind of not too impressed. Yes it is a massive place but cannot associate it with the opulence seen in even small palaces of princely states in India. There is a sense of space ,it is quite sprawled out with its own lake and the long corridor beside the lake and a Buddhist temple on the hill top adjacent to it,must have been quite a serene , relaxing and romantic place for the emperor,the empress but doesn't seem that way with the huge crowd milling around.
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