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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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Private Beijing City Highlights Discovery including Two Decker Bus Tour and Lunch, Beijing, null
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Private Beijing City Highlights Discovery including Two Decker Bus Tour and Lunch

This private tour combines three important must-sees in the city: Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace. You will also hop on a Two Decker tour ...  Read more

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

From USD $115.00
Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner, Beijing, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Private Tour: Panda House Visit And Cruise To The Summer Palace With Imperial Dinner

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 27 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. Embark ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.00
Private Tour: Beijing City Overview, Boat Ride and Buffet Dinner Experience On Central TV Tower, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Private Tour: Beijing City Overview, Boat Ride and Buffet Dinner Experience On Central TV Tower

Embark on this private 8-hour tour of Beijing, attaining panoramic views and cultural knowledge along the way. Accompanied by an English-speaking guide, drive ...  Read more

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

From USD $138.00
Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall And Summer Palace, Beijing, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Private Day Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall And Summer Palace

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In this private day tour, you will be able to visit the top two attractions in Beijing: Great Wall of China (one of the seven wonders in the world) and the ...  Read more

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

From USD $56.00
Beijing Small Group Tour: Summer Palace and Ming Tombs with Lunch, Beijing, Private Sightseeing ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 5

Beijing Small Group Tour: Summer Palace and Ming Tombs with Lunch

Discovery the Summer Palace and Dingling Underground Palace at Ming Tombs on this small-group full-day tour. Learn about the history of the Ming and ...  Read more

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

From USD $118.75

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