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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. Plan a trip to Beijing easily and quickly by telling Inspirock to suggest an itinerary.
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  • Depending where you are based, the Summer Temple can be a trek! The traffic in Beijing can be horrendous, so bear this in mind when planning an itinerary. Once there, the queues for entry can be bustl...  more »
  • This is a gem in the hustle and bustle of Beijing. Best to get there by Subway. I entered through the north gate and made my way down to the lake which I think was the better option as the crowds comi...  more »
  • As with every tourist destination in Beijing you need to get there early to avoid the crowds. However this is the kind of place you can find quiet corners and can spread out from the crowd. There’s so...  more »
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  • The Summer Palace is a beautiful historical place to visit. We spent a couple of hours here and would recommend 2-3 hours to visit. Temperatures were hot the first week of June: about 38-41 C! Nice thing though is that there is quite a bit of shade amongst the trees and a light breeze from the huge lake. Crowds were not bad at all on a weekday afternoon. Our Tour Guide also informed us that it has the longest corridor in the world; it's very picturesque with the paintings/pictures/murals. And there's a couple of months during the summertime that the lotus flowers will bloom in the lake!
  • We reached here around 4pm, and managed to avoid most of the huge tour groups. The weather wasn’t too hot too and it was a pleasure to walk around at our own pace with some private walking space. Many restrooms, souvenir shops and food available throughout the place and there are boat rides available if you’re not a fan of walking one round of the lake. The last entry to the summer palace is at 6pm, but you can stay inside until much later. Do note that if you’re keen to visit the other attractions/sites/boat rides within Summer Palace, most of them close around 5pm. The sunset here is really beautiful.
  • A place must to see in Beijing, the huge park with a lake inside is full of treasure, some little and hides, others you can't even miss to see. You can spend almost a day just walking inside and try to see as much as you can and even take a little trip by boat in the main lake. It's possible to buy souvenirs, water and food inside, so if you're in late don't worry, it will only cost a little bit more. Try to figure out first which are the attraction you want more to see, in order to make your visit easier. The Summer Palace is easily accessible by metro.
  • Summer Palace is a beautiful historical site in Beijing. I came here by taking the subway which was easy. When you get off the subway use Apple Maps which will provide walking directions. Especially you get off the subway on the East side. Walk South then West to get to the entrance. Once you buy your ticket (the ticket sellers only speak Chinese), but the ticket menu is in English you can enter. The summer palace is huge! It takes about 3 hours to walk the entire site. There is an optional boat ride that takes you around the lake. It does get busy, but there are places you can walk to avoid the crowds. A hike up the building on the hill is worth the long trek up the stairs. The views are wonderful and they are some nice pictures of old artifacts in the buildings. Throughout the site are bathrooms, places to get food, and tourist shops. You could bring food and make a whole day here.
  • The scale of this historical monument is amazing. It is spread over many hectares of land and has some very interesting facts associated with it. It has large lake, a man made hill with a pagoda and the longest corridor in the world. There is a dragon boat to cross the lake to get from the entertainment area of the palace to one of the exit gates. It is a good tourist place to do with the family.
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