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Tower of Buddhist Incense(Summer Palace), Beijing

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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4.5/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web
Facing the lake and leaning against the hill, the symbolic structure of Tower of Buddhist Incense(Summer Palace) dominates the surrounding scenery of landscaped gardens, palaces, temples, and other towers. The three-level octagonal structure, which stands 41m (135 ft) high supported by eight ironwood pillars, rises from a 21 m (68.9 ft) high stone foundation. The original 18th-century tower, which was supposed to resemble the design of Yellow Crane Tower, was first destroyed and then rebuilt during the 19th century. On the first floor, see the huge statue of the thousand-armed Buddha, which was cast in bronze and then gilded during the reign of the Ming dynasty. By using our Beijing family vacation planner, you can arrange your visit to Tower of Buddhist Incense(Summer Palace) and other attractions in Beijing.
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  • Is the highlight of the summer palace. Sight is located on the shores of the Lake is nice, but actually also is recommended. You can view the vast lake from there. Also enjoyed the beautiful architecture of the yen little changed.
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  • Nice, but not very special in my opinion. It is incredibly busy. Maybe you have a nice view from a boat on the water.
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  • 雖然遊客眾多,但還是值得攀上高點飽覽最大人工湖昆明湖亭台樓閣,拱橋煙波。這是當初慈禧禮佛之地,閣中千手觀音塑像甚有可觀。 
  • Beautiful park and palace. Definitely visit this place if you're visiting Beijing. Go for a walk around the lake if you have the time and relax on some of the green spaces there.
  • I prefer the old summer palace yuanmingyuan because there is much more to see. I enjoyed the summer palace too, but I recommend going with a local or a friend who can speak Mandarin. It will make your expertise much more interesting
  • Definitely a nice place to visit. Expect to do a lot of walking and to have to pay extra to get to some places. We took a boat down a river to a great quiet end of the park where they built right up to both sides of the river. Very picturesque.
  • The Summer Palace is one of the largest Imperial Gardens in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and by far the best preserved one in China now. On November 30th 1998, it was listed as a World Cultural Heritage site by UNESCO. The Summer Palace is located in the northwest outskirt of Beijing, about 20 kilometers away from the center of Beijing, the Tiananmen Square. With a total space of 300 hectares, it mainly consists two parts: the Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake, which occupies one quarter and three quarters of the total area respectively. The Longevity Hill is an extension of the Western Hills. While Kunming Lake used to get water from the springs of Jade Spring Hill, which lies to its west. The Kunming Lake now gets water from Miyun Reservoir, northeast of Beijing, about 102 kilometers away. The peak of the Western Hills and Pagoda on Jade Spring Hill can be seen in the distance, which is a typical technique for garden-building in China, known as “Borrowing Scenery”.
  • As a whole very interesting. Do not miss it. Nice and serene. Visit can take three hours at least. Most recommended. Opportunity for beautiful photographs.
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