Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) Tours

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In 1750, the grand Summer Palace was commissioned by Emperor Qianlong as a lavish lakeside retreat from the heat of Beijing. With pavilions, walkways, gardens, and bridges, the UNESCO World Heritage site on Kunming Lake served as the seat of government for Empress Dowager Cixi during the last years of her life.

The Basics
Due to its historical importance and popularity, the Summer Palace is included in nearly all guided tours of Beijing. Though you could easily spend a half-day at the Summer Palace, it’s also possible to visit the palace, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven all in a single day. Other tour options might include the Summer Palace and Mutianyu Great Wall, or the Summer Palace and Lama Temple. 

While general admission grants entry to the main palace complex, including the Long Corridor and Longevity Hill, some individual attractions have an additional cost, such as the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, the Tower of Buddhist Incense, Wenchang Gallery, and the Hall of Serenity.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Summer Palace is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; a palace visit involves a lot of walking, some of it over uneven surfaces.
  • Book a guided tour to avoid waiting in long entry lines, particularly during high season or Chinese national holidays.
  • The main entrances and most palace attractions are wheelchair accessible.

How to Get There
It’s easy to get to the Summer Palace by subway; take Line 4 to North Gate station or Line 10 to South Gate station. Numerous public buses also stop at the palace’s three entrances.

When to Get There
Due to its popularity among both Chinese and international tourists, the Summer Palace can get quite crowded during Chinese national holidays and the peak summer season (July and August). Visit first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Boating on Kunming Lake
Don’t leave the Summer Palace without taking a boat ride on Kunming Lake. Short cruises depart from the Marble Boat and take visitors past Nanhu Island, the Bronze Ox, and the beautiful 17-Arch Bridge, offering a different view of the palace complex along the way.
Location
Address: 19 Xinjiangongmen Road, Beijing, China
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Hours: Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm
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Admission: 20-30 RMB
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All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour

Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), both UNESCO World Heritage sites, on a full-day private tour from Beijing. The Great Wall of China is one of the most popular attractions in China, yet the Mutianyu section attracts fewer visitors, which means you get a less crowded experience of this world-famous landmark. Then learn about the history of the majestic Summer Palace as you stroll through its lavish gardens, sprinkled with temples and other eye-catching features. Includes guide, lunch, entrance fees, Great Wall cable car ticket, private vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

Make the most of city sightseeing on this private tour of Beijing, which includes a visit to must-see attractions like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and more. Your guide will provide in-depth information about each site's history and significance and will handle all transportation, planning, and logistics so you can just enjoy your trip. A delicious Peking Duck lunch and boat ride in Summer Palace are all inclusive.
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Small-Group Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch

The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China offers unparalleled views from its restored watchtowers. Travel there by minivan from your hotel and hike for 40 minutes, or opt to take the cable car or chair lift up and a toboggan down. Lunch and a visit to the Summer Palace are included on this small-group tour from Beijing.
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All Inclusive Private Beijing Tour: Ming Tombs, Sacred Way and Summer Palace

Get a comprehensive tour of Beijing's landmarks and highlights in the company of a dedicated guide during this 8-hour private tour. Stops include the Summer Palace, the Sacred Way, and the Ming Tombs. Lunch, entrance fees, and round-trip transportation from your Beijing hotel (within the 4th Ring Road) included.
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Beijing by Bus: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Tour the grounds of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and learn about imperial China on this full-day coach tour around Beijing. Visit the monuments of Tiananmen Square, then follow your guide through the immense Forbidden City complex. Continue to the Temple of Heaven then drive out of the city to the nearby Summer Palace. Tour the magnificent imperial gardens and visit the marble boat made for a 19th-century empress. Your tour includes stops for lunch and at a pearl market before your return to Beijing.
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Half Day Private Tour to Summer Palace in Beijing

Sprawling across 743 acres (301 hectares) of lake and garden, the Summer Palace was designed to keep the imperial court entertained through Beijing’s long, hot summers. So it’s well worth taking a private guide to steer you to the highlights of this vast expanse. Beat the long lines by pre-booking this convenient door-to-door tour that includes Nanhu Island, Longevity Hill, the Tower of Buddhist Incense, and shopping.
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All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer Palace

Experience the best of Beijing on a full-day tour that includes sightseeing at top attractions. Accompanied by an experienced guide, tour the impressive Forbidden City complex, plus Tiananmen Square and the Summer Palace. You’ll gain insight into imperial China at the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Summer Palace, then learn about more recent history in Tiananmen Square. Lunch, attraction entrance ticket, and private transfer are all inclusive.
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Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket

The Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) is one of Beijing’s top attractions, and the crowds it attracts are testament to its popularity. Beat the long lines of tourists waiting to purchase an entrance pass by booking your admission ticket in advance—a hassle-free way for time-limited to travelers to save hours of waiting in line. A digital QR code allows you to avoid the hassle of finding a printer, leaving you more time to explore one of China’s best-preserved royal residences.
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Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Trip with Lunch

Venture out of Beijing to see the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and visit the Summer Palace on this comprehensive full-day tour. Walk around the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China for an awe-inspiring time at this renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. After lunch, take in the lush environs of the Summer Palace with a stroll through the imperial gardens. Snap photos of the lake, temples and marble boat as you learn about this important site from your guide.
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Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner

Make the most of city sightseeing on this private 7-hour tour of Beijing, which includes a visit to must-see attractions like the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo, Summer Palace, and a cruise through Purple Bamboo Park. Your guide will provide in-depth information about each site's history and significance and will handle all transportation, planning, and logistics so you can just enjoy your trip.Note: The boats from Purple Bamboo Park to Summer Palace are closed for upgrading from September 6, 2018. Your will be offered alternative option in driving along part of the Imperial Waterway and ride an electrical boat inside the Summer Palace to have an in-depth tour of the Kunming Lake.
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Small Group Day Tour of Beijing Hutong And Beijing Zoo Visit Plus Boating In Summer Palace

Save time and energy compared to negotiating Beijing’s public transport system on this small-group Beijing tour. Admire the giant pandas at Beijing Zoo, follow in the footsteps of emperors at the Summer Palace, capture photos at the Niaochao National Stadium, tour a hutong, and visit a silk factory. Along the way, enjoy a dragon-boat ride, a local lunch, and a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
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Private Tour: Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven plus Peking Duck Lunch

Enjoy a full day of sightseeing and entertainment in Beijing on a tour that includes visits to the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven. Get a glimpse of imperial China while touring the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven with your informative guide. Afterward, enjoy a classic lunch that stars a favorite dish: Peking duck.
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All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

Take a private full-day tour from Beijing to visit two top attractions: the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China, and the Summer Palace. Have the option to book your private guide and driver only, or choose the all-inclusive option to include lunch, entrance fees, cable car and toboggan at the Great Wall, along with your private guide and driver.
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All-inclusive Private Day Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

Check off two of Beijing’s star attractions on this private full-day tour, with hotel pickup, entrance fees, and round-trip transport all included. Visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and ride the cable car up to the towers, tuck into a delicious Chinese-style lunch, and stroll around the royal gardens of the Summer Palace.
  • Duration: 8 hours 30 minutes
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Summer Palace and Hot Spring Private Tour from Beijing

Enjoy a full-day tour that includes morning sightseeing at the Summer Palace, followed by lunch and an afternoon of relaxation at a deluxe hot springs resort. Stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Summer Palace, take a dragon boat cruise on the lake and admire the many temples in the lavish gardens. Take a break for an authentic Chinese lunch, then head to the Jiuhua Spa & Resort for up to three hours of in the natural hot springs pools, the perfect way to soothe travel-weary muscles.
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All Inclusive Private Custom Day Tour: Beijing City Discovery

Explore Beijing on a private custom city tour for a more personalized sightseeing experience. You’ll have a chance to check off at least three of the city’s top attractions by your own preference, such as the Forbidden City, Tian’anmen Square, the Summer Palace and more! Tasty local lunch, all entrance fees, private guide and transfer service are all inclusive.
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Beijing Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

Once you have seen the sights in Beijing, venture out of the city to visit the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu and the Summer Palace on a full-day tour. Both landmarks are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and each provides a glimpse of China’s long history. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall of China offers an awe-inspiring experience of the famous structure without the crowds found elsewhere. At the Summer Palace, enjoy a stroll through the lavish gardens and snap photos of the marble boat.
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Full-Day Beijing Tour: Forbidden City Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace

Tour Beijing with a private guide to see top attractions including the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City and Summer Palace. Start with a tour of the Temple of Heaven and a tai chi lesson, then visit Tiananmen Square’s monuments, followed by the impressive complex that makes up the Forbidden City. After lunch, head to the Summer Palace to experience the lovely gardens and grounds with your guide.
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Private Day Tour of Badaling Great Wall and the Summer Palace Including Lunch

Head out of Beijing for the day to visit two nearby UNESCO World Heritage Sites: the Great Wall of China and the Summer Palace. Start by visiting the Badaling section of the Great Wall, enjoying about two hours to ride a cable car up to the ramparts or take an invigorating hike from the valley floor. Then learn about jade during a factory stop, followed by lunch. Afterward, head to the Summer Palace to walk around the lush classical gardens, considered a pinnacle of imperial garden design.
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The Essence of Beijing: Summer Palace, Beijing Zoo and Lama Temple

See some of Beijing’s top sights on a 6-hour tour that includes the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and giant pandas at the Beijing Zoo. Walk through the majestic gardens and grounds of the Summer Palace, built in 1750 and restored in the 19th century by a powerful empress. Learn about the silk-making process at a silk factory, then go to the Lama Temple, an important Tibetan Buddhist site. Have lunch then go to the Beijing Zoo to visit the giant pandas, one of the national treasures of China.
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Private Summer Palace and Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour

See two of Beijing’s most famous UNESCO World Heritage-listed attractions on a full-day tour with a private guide. Start by traveling about two hours to reach the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu. Spend the afternoon at the Summer Palace in Beijing, taking in the classical gardens, temples and palace. Take the chairlift or cable car to the top of the mountain at the Great Wall, and have the option to toboggan down. Includes lunch at a local restaurant, private guide and transportation, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Private Summer Palace and Hot Springs Tour from Beijing

Combine sightseeing at the Summer Palace in the morning with an afternoon at the hot springs of Jiuhua Resort on this full-day tour from Beijing. Spend time taking in the elaborate grounds of the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage with extensive gardens, pavilions, temples, and palaces. Then unwind while soaking in the hot springs in the Changping district, one of four major hot springs regions in China.
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Private Garden Tour: The Summer Palace and Beijing Botanical Garden

Designed for travelers looking to escape the city but not spend all day travelling, this private 8-hour tour of the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) and Beijing Botanical Garden is ideal for nature lovers. Travel past the famous Olympic Green before exploring the UNESCO-listed Summer Palace, whose gardens are considered a masterpiece of landscape garden design, and then stroll around the Beijing Botanical Garden. Lunch and hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Beijing Tour: Pandas, Summer Palace, Boat Trip, and Forbidden City View

Explore the highlights of Beijing during a full-day tour that includes the Forbidden City, Beijing Zoo, and Summer Palace. Learn about the imperial family, observe giant pandas, take a boat to the Summer Palace, and participate in a tea ceremony on an 8-hour tour led by an informative guide. Includes lunch, entrance fees,  and all transportation.
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