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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) Tours

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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
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.
Address: 19 Xinjiangongmen Road, Beijing, China
Hours: Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm
Admission: 20-30 RMB
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Skip the Line: Beijing Summer Palace (Yi He Yuan) Tickets

A retreat for Chinese rulers including Empress Cixi, the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) is a wonderland of lakes, gardens, temples, pavilions, and more. Skip the ticket purchasing line and spend as much time as you like strolling the 735-acre (297-hectare) gardens with this comprehensive combo ticket. Besides the main garden area, it includes access to Suzhou Street, Dehe Garden, Wenchang Hall, Danning Hall, and the Tower of Buddhist Incense.
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Enjoy a day steeped in Chinese history and culture without the hassle of navigating public transport and ticket websites. On this full-day private tour, explore landmarks like Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace, and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Forbidden City complex with a private guide by your side. Enjoy personalized commentary – and answers to your questions – as you walk around each destination. Complete the day with exclusive VIP seats at Liyuan Theatre’s traditional Peking Opera performance.
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Two places are both listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Sites - Ming Tombs and Summer Palace. Highlights: - Visit the only emperor’s tomb that open to the public and walk into the underground palace; - Visit the best-preserved imperial park: Summer Palace and enjoy the beautiful lake view; - Experience a one-day tour away from center of Beijing and gain abundant knowledge of relevant history and culture. -Small group grantee, with entrance tickets to the sights lunch and guide and transportation are all inclusive.
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Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) is undoubtedly one of the Chinese capital’s top attractions. Make the most of your visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site on a private tour, and receive undivided attention while learning more about Beijing’s culture and history. Visit highlights such as the intricately painted Long Corridor and a 17-arch marble bridge, and admire the beautiful landscape designs at the Hall of Longevity. Choose between a morning or afternoon departure.
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China's history is one of the oldest and most heavily preserved in the world, carefully studied by scholars and travelers that have come to its lands. Unravel this vibrant and incredible culture with a day trip to three of Beijing's most famous sightseeing locations: The Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, and the Temple of Heave. The day starts out with a trip to the Forbidden City, the most famous palace complex in China. It stands as the edifice of royalty from the Ming Dynasty to the end of the Qing Dynasty. The Summer Palace, one of the grandest palaces constructed in Chinese history. This complex is full of lakes and gardens, and was built during the Qing Dynasty. Explore the palace's lovely, romantic grounds and marvel at the advancement of architecture during the time period that allowed it to be built. The last stop of the tour is a visit to the Temple of Heaven.,which is visited by emperors in the aforementioned dynasties to offer prayers for good harvests and good fortune.
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Enhance your sightseeing experience in Beijing on a full-day tour of the city’s most captivating sights. Accompanied by a knowledgeable guide, immerse yourself in the ancient mystery of the Forbidden City; absorb the majestic charm of the Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven; and stroll around the legendary Tiananmen Square. Relax during a scenic bus ride; purchase special souvenirs in the bustling Pearl Market; and satisfy an appetite for authenticity with a traditional Chinese lunch.
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What are Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) hours of operation?
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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) hours of operation: Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 670 Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) tickets and tours on Viator.
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) costs USD 13.00. Guided Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) tours start around USD 13.00 per person. See all 670 Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) tickets and tours on Viator.
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