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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. Start your trip to Beijing by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.
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  • Summer palace is a very good place for photography, family picnic , boating and for gaining historic knowledge.  more »
  • An amazing few hours of walking and taking in some stunning views, Summer Palace is a little outside the usual attractions but worth the travel, Dating back to 1151 Summer Palace and the...  more »
  • Interesting area after touring the Great Wall. A mix of temples and scenic water views with a great deal of people visiting.  more »
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  • This is not only a summer palace for the empress during her rule but it is a gigantic city of its own. You'll spend at least 2-3 hours here with all the walking and different exhibits. I'd recommend buying the Through Pass which is $50yuan that will give you access to all 5 locations throughout the palace. My favorite is in the beginning where you can walk down to the water and look around at the old store fronts. Next you'll make your way up to the temple above the palace. It is magnificent. Pay attention to all the masonry that it took to build this amazing temple all the way up in the mountains. You can't go in, however many will pray and throw money facing the thousand arm goddess. The museum portion of the summer palace is not huge but definitely worth the visit. They have very interesting artifacts that were gifts from different parts of the world when the empress used to host for other rulers. Taking the metro is very convenient to the summer palace since it drops you off right in front of the entrance. If you like audio guides they also offer paid headsets that give you a deeper history of the palace as you walk around the humongous exhibit.
  • A great historical palace of China. It's a beautiful place with very well maintained and well preserved history. The architecture is a delight. The gardens and place are well kept. There are beautiful flowers during spring and summer. It's quite big so spend time once there. I recommend to have a local guide to better understand the history and significance of this place.
  • This is one of the most beautiful pieces of traditional Chinese architecture I've had the pleasure of witnessing. The gardens are amazing and the roof details are all kinds of incredible. The colors will blow your mind and the beauty of the lake will take your breath away. I would highly recommend making this part of trip if headed to Beijing!
  • Amazing oasis right in the middle of a huge metropolis. Tons of walking but plenty of places to stop in the shade. Plenty of places to eat. There is so much to do here. It will take you many hours to see it. We got the cassette tour but did not find it very useful. The gift shops were small and cramped but had really great souvenirs. It is very crowded. The climb to the top of the stairs was brutal.
  • This is one of the best tourist attractions in Beijing. If you are visiting, you must go. The views are breathtaking and there's a small hike up a mountain. The view is worth it. If you plan on going. Bring money for food because you are going to spent at least 3-5 hours here. Also bring water if you're visiting in the summer.

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