"Summer Palace" Summer Palace Tip by sunnywong

Summer Palace, Beijing: 310 reviews and 617 photos


Summer Palace is one of China's largest and best preserved imperial gardens. Originally, the palace was a summer residence where the imperials would go to escape from the stifling heat of the Forbidden City and was only open to the public in 1924. The beautiful Kunming Lake where visitors can boat or swim in the summer and ice-skate in the winter takes up most of the park.

Places of interest in the garden include but are certainly not limited to - the Long Corridor which is over 700 meters (2,300ft) long and is decorated with mythical scenes, the Marble Boat that is permanently anchored by the lakeshore, the Pavilion of Buddha’s Fragrance on top of Longevity Hill, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity where emperors handled state affairs and received envoys, the Pavilion of Precious Clouds with elaborate bronzes and the Temple of the Sea of Wisdom with magnificent views.

Directions: Located 10km (6 miles) northwest of Beijing City. Take the subway to Xizhimen, then a minibus.
Phone: 010-62881144
Website: http://www.beijingtrip.com/attractions/summer/index.htm

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 25, 2003
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