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Depending on the start time selected at checkout, meet your guide outside of your hotel lobby at 9am or 1pm. From here, you’ll make your way to the nearest metro station for the short and easy journey to the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), a UNESCO World Heritage site.
During your journey, your guide provides a historical overview of the landmark, which was built in 1750 as a royal residence and is widely considered a masterpiece of Chinese landscape design.
On arrival at the palace, you’ll feast your eyes on an intricately painted wooden promenade known as Long Corridor, admire the 17-arch marble bridge that connects South Lake Island to Kunming Lake, and remark at the frivolity of a marble boat dedicated to Empress Dowager Cixi.
See, too, gorgeous examples of Chinese landscaping at the Hall of Dispelling Clouds and Longevity Hill before either continuing to explore the grounds independently or accompanying your guide back to your Beijing accommodation.
We spent an enjoyable afternoon with our guide, Leo. He promptly picked us up at our hotel after confirming the time and date the day prior. While navigating the metro system of Beijing, he safely led our party of four to the Summer Palace. His thorough knowledge of the history and culture of the country, and the era of The Dragon Lady Cixi, helped us to fully appreciate the magnificent site. It was a beautiful and warm day for our visit, with throngs of local tourists visiting which added to our experience! We feel fortunate to have had such an excellent guide to see the Summer Palace!
Awesome half-day. Our guide, Galen, was great
Babak B Canada
Tour Guide was very knowledgeable. Overall experience was positive.
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