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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. Using our custom trip planner, Beijing attractions like Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Beautiful place to visit the temples, pavilions, the long corridor, the marble boat and take a boat ride on Kunming Lake.  more »
  • The place is great to kill a couple of hours. Pretty scenic but the boat ride is expensive. You can just roam around the bridge, climb the rocks and have a good time  more »
  • Summer Palace is a huge area with a manmade lake and pretty garden but I wasn't very much impressed after visiting the Forbidden City. The long corridor of paintings was interesting but the rest of th...  more »
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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