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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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  • October 4, 2017
    Spent an afternoon visiting summer palace while at a conference in Beijing. This place is truly special and definitely worth a visit while in China. The entire park is very large and quite spread out ...  more »
  • October 4, 2017
    A beautiful place but very large can easily on your own Metro but before I recommend having a map because it is giant and the audio guides there leasing you not oriented in the way to wear comfortable shoes and eager to walk , and climbing stairs
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  • October 4, 2017
    I rate the Summer Palace a five star experience. My only regret was making this the last destination on a packed day, leaving me a little too tired to spend as much time as this attraction warrants. T...  more »
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  • July 2, 2017
    Beautiful place, much like the Forbidden City but with more green space and shade. If the Forbidden City focused on the Ming Dynasty, the Summer Palace, in its current form, mostly focuses on the Qing Dynasty, so it was nice to get the comparison. There were a few musical and dance performances going on at the theater, which was fun to see, and the boat ride across the Kunming Lake was enjoyable too. It's a popular place, so expect plenty of people, but it's not quite so out of control like the Forbidden City. And the shade makes it a welcome relief from the hot summer sun.
  • July 4, 2017
    Another beautiful historic place which is in my opinion a tribute to China itself. It was constructed by the Qing dynasty and the structure is amazing. Beautiful details and lot of walking involved. So make sure you wear comfortable clothes, shoes and drink lot of water.
  • June 29, 2017
    Beautiful location with many things to see. Go early to avoid crowds. Rent a boat for great views and easy to all the sights. Worth the visit.
  • June 27, 2017
    Plan to spend half a day here and prepare to walk up and down the Summer Palace. Remember to buy ALL INCLUSIVE ticket if you are planning to visit all attraction.
  • July 14, 2017
    Interesting features are the longest corridor in the world, the Huangdi's throne and office. It's a UNESCO world heritage site. Everyone needs to visit

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