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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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  • Spent the Golden Holiday touring Beijing. The Summer Palace was certainly the highlight of this Trip. Though a bit crowded with the National Holiday Masses, this is still a very beautiful attraction. ...  more »
  • It was a huge park and several palaces for the emperors family. Much thank to our excellent guide Jessie Di we learned a lot of the history. We also took a dragon boat on the man made sea, and had a g...  more »
  • This was a great visit where we did learn a lot about the Chinese history and how the Empirors managed the country. This was a very nice visit on a clear morning and a must visit when you are in Beiji...  more »
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  • Large sprawling park like escape from the city that I used to love visiting as a child, now it's much of the same, just crowded and mostly smoggy. Pay attention to the intricate carvings throughout the grounds, including the long corridor, always look up because the ceilings of nearly all the structured are intricately carved illustrating some old fable. Coming early and stay hydrated.
  • Amazing!! A must see, makesure you come early the queues are crazy! It's busy mostly with local tourists. If you are a student, bring your student card, you get a discount. Similarly with those who are retired. Wear comfortable shoes. You can easily spend half a day here. It may be worth bringing some snacks, as not all the restaurants were open. PS it's worth getting the whole package (rather than just the entrance fee)
  • Absolutely amazing! A most see if you're going to Beijing! It was my favorite place of everything I saw! It's better to go early in the morning before 11 am or after 3pm because it gets crowded even during week days. It gets around 3 hours to enter and to see everything...
  • Best place and a must visit place in Beijing. Now there is a subway station nearby so commute is much easier. Make sure you enter from the main gate and exit from the back gate otherwise you will miss the real essence of summer palace. Have a nice day there
  • Beautiful lake, especially around sunset. Many historical buildings and green space; descriptions have English translations which was useful as a visitor. Regular boat services across the lake, or you can rent your own. Super busy during holiday season.

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