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Tower of Buddhist Incense(Summer Palace), Beijing
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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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  • It stood on a very steep cliff of Longevity Hill. So it was hard for me to climb up the hill. The Empress Dowager Cixi must have been very fit, as she used to go there to pray and burn incense twice e...  more »
  • this temple is inside the summer palace complex and it's spectacular. worth the many steps to see and the views if the smog is not to bad to awesome be ready to take many pictures 
  • If you are going to the summer palace and you have to choose to do because there is no time or forces, this is without doubt the most essential, a view from the Lake espctaculares Tower and a large Buddha at the top that impresses.
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  • If you want to visit the Summer Palace, you need a full day and about 25km of walk. But it worth it! Incredible scenery and history. I recommend the audio guide and you can find a big map at the entrance (7 yuan). There's also a student price for the audio guide (which is not common in China)
  • A fantastic garden to see, it is huge with loads of wonderful architecture, stunning views and great artwork. Make sure you get a map at the door! You could easily spend a couple days there. Went for 5 hours and still barely seen half of it
  • Enjoy a magnificent landscape, picturesque nature. Excellent condition and lots of facilities. Try to take a dragon boat ride across the lake.
  • Dealing with muggy summers, from the Forbidden City, kings would travel to the Summer Palace. The Summer Palace had been rebuilt more than once. One time French and English Troops devastated it. And people looted it during the Boxer Rebellion. The Summer Palace is an arrangement that considers hills, water, nature, bridges, temples and walkways. All of these elements worked together to bring forth the functions of the Palace as a place of retreat and administrative offices. You would need energy and time to explore the grounds and the Palace. They are all very extensive. If you start with the grounds, they cover over two hundred hectares. There are three lakes, Kunming Lake, South Lake, and West Lake. It would take about 2 hours to just walk around the lakes. As for the Palace grounds, you could see many attractions such as, the Marble Boat, The Longevity Hill where religious building abound, the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, The Garden of Harmonious Pleasures, a favorite fishing spot of the kings, the Hall of Happiness and Longevity, the Hall of Jade Ripples, the Long Corridor, one of my favorite places because you can see over 10,000 scenic paintings and there is also the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity with the throne of the king! The Palace is 6 miles NW of Beijing. It opens daily from 8:30 to 5:00 PM daily, and closes by 4:30 PM during the winter. There as a fee to enter and depending on the season it goes from approximate $5.00 to $20.00 dollars. There is a charge for audio and there are also tour guides ready to work. From Beijing, the Subway: Xiyuan or Beigongmen would take you there. Within the grounds there are a couple places in which you can buy something to eat and drink and souvenirs made in China – smile life is precious!
  • Summer Palace is extremely elegant and beautiful. Surrounded by lakes and gardens you come to a "heavenly" place. Boat ride in the lakes gives you added pleasure. We were there in 2010 and don't forget to visit Forbidden city and Tiananmen Square too.