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  • Address: 19 Xinjiangongmen Road, Beijing, China
  • Hours: Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm
  • Admission: 60 RMB

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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

In 1750, the grand Summer Palace was commissioned by Emperor Qianlong as a lavish lakeside retreat away from the heat of Beijing. Decades later, Empress Dowager Cixi went on to reside among the pavilions, walkways, gardens and bridges on the shores of Kunming Lake for much of the year and even moved the seat of government from the Forbidden City to the Summer Palace in 1903, where she ruled the nation until her death five years later.

Much of the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace as it stands today dates back to 1886, when it was restored after near destruction in the War of 1860. Covering 717 acres (290 hectares), the iconic palace encompasses several noteworthy attractions, including an intricately painted covered wooden promenade known as the Long Corridor, a 17-arch marble bridge connecting South Lake Island with the eastern shore of Kunming Lake and a rather frivolous marble boat (it doesn’t float), built by Empress Dowager Cixi with funds meant for the country’s navy.

Due to its historical importance and popularity, the Summer Palace is included in nearly all guided tours of Beijing. While it’s easy to spend a half-day at the Summer Palace alone, it’s also possible to combine a visit with stops at the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Temple of Heaven, all in a single day.

Practical Info

The Summer Palace is located 7.5 miles (12 km) northwest of Beijing's city center. Subway Line 4 can be taken to the Summer Palace Stop, while travelers can also take the underground rail to Wudaokou before jumping on bus 375. It's also possible to arrive by canal boat. English audio guides can be rented near the ticket booth at the palace entrance.

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The Mutianyu Great Wall area was once just a small village; However, when the Great Wall was built, this part was named as the most dangerous one due to its ...  Read more

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Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

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Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private City Tour of Beijing including Lunch, Beijing, Day Trips
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