Summer Palace Cruises in Beijing

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Kunming Lake occupies about three-fourths of Beijing's Summer Palace complex, and during warm months, this man-made lake sets the scene for relaxing cruises through its waters. Here's what you need to know about Summer Palace cruises in Beijing.

  • Cruise the Imperial Waterway once used by the Empress Dowager Cixi to travel between the Summer Palace and Zizhuyuan Park.
  • Take in the sites from a traditional canopied dragon boat.
  • See the lake's most important attractions—including the Marble Boat, Longevity Hill, 17 Arch Bridge, South Lake Island, and Kuoru Pavilion—from the water.

Things to Know
  • You can combine your Summer Palace cruise with a tour to other important Beijing attractions, such as the Forbidden City, the Beijing Zoo, and Tiananmen Square.
  • The boat ride from Zizhuyuan Park to the Summer Palace takes about 40 minutes.
  • Day tours that include a dragon boat cruise on Kunming Lake and visits to other Beijing sights can last upwards of seven hours.
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