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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), Beijing

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#2 of 3,466 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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  • A beautiful place. Living history. And full of people enjoying. A lake for boating, worth
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  • We went here as it was 3rd best sightseeing place put up by our local guide. It is huge walk and you can get tired. More of a sightseeing place in summer was what the local guide told us .We did not c...  more »
  • If you are in Beijing, do catch this place. The experience is one-of-a-kind. We took subway line 4 to Beigongmen and entered from the North Palace Gate (I guess this is not the usual route). Once we e...  more »
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  • I spent hours walking these paths. Walk the bridges and covered walkways, watch the boats pass, and enjoy the architecture and landscaping. In the spring the cherry blossoms bloom and so do the crowds. Totally worth a visit. This was made for the emperor to enjoy, so you will likely find it impressive! It is more natural and casual than the Forbidden City.
  • Fantastic Experience Quite a view into Chinese Culture/History!! One of the longest covered walkways in China as you walk to different sights. The pagodas are Beautiful. I loved the dragon boats that traveled across the lake. The Stone Dragon Boat is a must see.
  • Amazing to see - lots of walking, some handicapped accessibility. The lake, even in winter, is quite something. The long corridor is a great walk. I'd suggest bringing your own food. Rent the informative audio - it could be better, but it is WAY better than nothing.
  • Gorgeous historic palace and park, and a must see if you are visiting Beijing regardless of the season. However, you will definitely want to visit on a day when the weather is good, because the view from the Tower of Buddhist Incense and the top of the hill are incredible with good weather. Make sure to buy the through ticket which allows access to the Tower, it's a can't-miss part of the day.
  • An amazing a vast area of exquisite scenery, historic buildings, and much more. A must see in Beijing. It would take at least 2 days to see everything, but a good appreciation can be obtained in a few hours. There are some refreshments stands located at various points around the area.

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