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

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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.)

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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 26 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.)

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Small-Group Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch, Beijing, Cultural Tours
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Small-Group Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch

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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.)

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 145 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
Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Trip including Lunch and Entrance fees, Beijing, ... 
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Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Trip including 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 ...  Read more

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

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Beijing Private Garden tour: The Summer Palace and Beijing Botanical Garden, Beijing, Private Day ... 
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Beijing Private Garden tour: The Summer Palace and Beijing Botanical Garden

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For a great escape from the bustle of the city without having to venture too far, this day is dedicated to visiting two of the most prominent gardens in ...  Read more

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

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Private Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace, Beijing, Private ... 
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Explore Beijing’s highlights over the course of this 9-hour private day trip. Start at Tiananmen Square, the world’s largest city square, for an exploration of ...  Read more

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

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Private City Tour of Beijing including Lunch, Beijing, Seasonal Events
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Private City Tour of Beijing including Lunch

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This private Beijing city trip will bring you to the most famous attractions in the city: Summer Palace, Forbidden City Museum, Temple of Heaven and Tian'anmen ...  Read more

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

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Small-Group Coach Tour: City Highlights of Beijing Including Lunch, Beijing, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Small-Group Coach Tour: City Highlights of Beijing Including Lunch

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Experience the famous Beijing city highlights by visiting the most impressive sites like the Tian'anmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer ...  Read more

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

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

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This is a full day tour to explore Beijing and visit the city’s renown historical sites like the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & ...  Read more

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

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