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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) Tours

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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All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace, Beijing, null
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All Inclusive Private Day Tour to Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 71 Reviews

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: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and More, Beijing, Private ... 
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and More

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 30 Reviews

This private day tour is a comprehensive introduction to the most popular attractions in Beijing for visitors who enjoy walking. Spend a day exploring ...  Read more

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

From USD $122.00
Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden, Beijing, ... 
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Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

4.5 star rating: Recommended 147 Reviews

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.)

From USD $54.99
Small-Group Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch, Beijing, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Small-Group Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 14 Reviews

This full-day tour of Beijing offers an in-depth look at Beijing’s rich cultural heritage. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll tour the Great Wall at ...  Read more

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

From USD $158.00
Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Trip with Lunch and Entrance fees, Beijing, Day ... 
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Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Trip with Lunch and Entrance fees

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Great Wall of China, one of the seven wonders in the world.It is one of the highlights you must see in your life. Summer Palace, a huge garden for the emperor ...  Read more

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

From USD $80.00
Private Summer Palace and Hot Springs Tour from Beijing, Beijing, Private Day Trips
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Private Summer Palace and Hot Springs Tour from Beijing

This all inclusive private day tour combines 2 activities. You will enjoy the beautiful sightseeing in Summer Palace (the emperor's garden during the summer ...  Read more

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

From USD $88.00
All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer ... 
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All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This full-day private Beijing city tour takes you to visit Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace,Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City. Get to know up to 3000 years ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $78.00
Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner, Beijing, ... 
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Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

This family-friendly private tour starts with the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo and features nearly all of the main attractions in the Summer Palace. You will ...  Read more

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

From USD $124.00
Beijing Full-Day Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace, Beijing, Day Cruises
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Beijing Full-Day Tour: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer Palace

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 3 Reviews

Make full use of your time in Beijing and explore the ancient capital’s highlight attractions in one day: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.00
Half Day Private Tour to Summer Palace in Beijing, Beijing, City Tours
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Half Day Private Tour to Summer Palace in Beijing

Breeze past the long entry lines to enjoy your half day  pre-booked tour of the Summer Palace. Follow your tour guide to visit huge emperor's summer garden. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing Region, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00

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