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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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  • Site is a combination of temple with canals and a large lake. The environment is beautiful, with a well preserved green area and offers a beautiful panoramic view of the city (when the pollution the way). The only downside is that should be better maintained. When I visited the walls and many external paintings were faded and peeling.
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  • We were in family recommended by some friends and really worth it. A beautiful afternoon spent in the family but it is a lot of, a lot of people .... the q is normal .... I recommend going if you visit Beijing.
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  • A great picture taking place, rather large so make sure you take the ferry back out else you will have to walk back. Make sure to see the largest portrait gallery in the world (passage) which is quite...  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.