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"Summer Palace" Summer Palace Tip by cal6060

Summer Palace, Beijing: 311 reviews and 620 photos

  Summer Palace, Beijing
by cal6060
 
  • Summer Palace, Beijing - Beijing
      Summer Palace, Beijing
    by cal6060
  • Summer Palace, Beijing - Beijing
      Summer Palace, Beijing
    by cal6060
  • Summer Palace, Beijing - Beijing
      Summer Palace, Beijing
    by cal6060
  • Summer Palace, Beijing - Beijing
      Summer Palace, Beijing
    by cal6060
  • Summer Palace, Beijing - Beijing
      Summer Palace, Beijing
    by cal6060
 

Summer Palace is the largest historical imperial garden in Beijing. It has 290 hectares of land, the Kunming Lake covers three quarters of the entire garden. The Longevity Hill houses most of its Temples, Pavilions, and corridors. Due to its size and the crowd, I lost my way and tried to cover as many as I could and enjoyed the views at the same time. I managed to visit the following attractions in sequence:

Suzhou Street
Clouds Gathering Temple
Tower of Buddhist Incent
Baoyun Bronze Pavilion
Pavilion of Five Location
Hall of Dispelling Clouds
Long Corridor
Hall of Happiness & Longevity
Hall of Jade Ripple
Garden of Virtual Harmony
Wencheng Tower
Wencheng Gallery
Spacious Pavilion
Seven-Arch Bridge

It was originally named Garden of Clear Ripples by Emperor Qianlong in 1750 to celebrate his mother's birthday. After that, this was the pleasure garden for emperors and empresses. In 1860, it was brutally burned down by the Anglo-French Allied Forces. Empress Dowager Cixi was using navy fund to rebuilt it in 1886. In 1924, after the succeed of Revolution when the last Emperor PuYi was thrown out of Palace, the garden was opened to the public with admission charges till today.

It was the 4th day of National Holiday, there were too crowded with tourists. I could not take good pictures with the crowd. I miss west side of the garden with ancient bridges like Silk Bridge, Mirror Bridge, Jade Belt Bridge and etc.

Enjoy the views by a pedal boat on Kunming Lake!

Admission: Non-Peak ( Y20- Garden; Y50- Garden and 4 other attractions)
Peak (Y30- Garden; Y60- Garden and 4 other attractions)

Four Attractions required joined ticket:
1) Garden of Virtue And Harmony
2) Wenchang Gallery
3) Suzhou Street
4) Tower of Buddhist Incense

Opening Hours: April 1-Oct 31 (8:30-17:00)

In Chinese: 颐和园 (Yi He Yuan)

Address: No. 19, Xin-jian-gong-men Road, Haidian District
Directions: Nearest Metro: Beigongmen Station (Line 4)
Beigongmen Station; Bus 608,601,346,718,563,384,330,331,683, 5, 10.

Phone: +86 10 6288 1144
Website: http://www.summerpalace-china.com

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Aug 2, 2012
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