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  • Address: 19 Xinjian Gongmen
  • Hours: Open daily from April 1 to October 31: 6:30am - 6pm, from November 1 to March 31: 7am - 5pm
  • Admission: 30RMB

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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

The Summer Palace - also known as Yiheyuan - was built in 1750. In those days, it was called the Garden of Clear Ripples, and was a lakeside oasis where the royal court could escape the dust and heat of the Forbidden City in summer. 

It was razed twice by foreign armies and completely rebuilt, most extensively by Empress Dowager Cixi in the 19th century. To fund her projects, she's said to have diverted a bunch of money destined for the Chinese navy. Ironically, one of her grand schemes was a marble boat that sits at the edge of the lake.

The grounds were declared a public park in 1924. These days, the 290 hectares (716 acres) of the 'Gardens of Nurtured Harmony' are madly popular with both tourists and locals. 

The gardens are liberally scattered with temples, covered walkways, pavilions and bridges. Longevity Hill, one of the garden's main features, was constructed from the earth excavated when the lake was extended. 

Practical Info

The Summer Palace is located 12km (7.5 miles) northwest of the city centre. You can get there by taking the underground rail to Wudaokou, then jumping on bus 375. You can also arrive by canal boat, or take a taxi (the ride will take about half an hour). 

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Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven

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See all the classic Beijing sights on a full-day sightseeing tour covering Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven. Along ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Best Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

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Visit two of Beijing’s most important historic sites on a full-day tour that features the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

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Private Beijing Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

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Location: Beijing, China
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The Essence of Beijing: the Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo and the Lama Temple

Join us to visit some of Beijing’s most famous sights. For this tour we will visit the Summer Palace, one of the best-preserved imperial gardens from the Qing ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Beijing by Bus: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

It is a full day tour to explore Beijing and visit the most attractive historical sites like the Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

Private Day Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace from Beijing

On this full-day Beijing Private tour, you will see two of the most popular attractions in China: the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Full-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square and Summer Palace

Join us on this full-day small group Beijing tour to visit Forbidden City, Tian'anmen Square and Summer Palace. Lern up to 3000 years history in one day with ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $78.00

Full-Day Tour in Beijing: Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

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Location: Beijing, China
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