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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
010-62881144
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Ranked #3 of 1,243 Attractions in Beijing
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Type: Parks, Castles, Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings, Gardens, Biking Trails, Monuments/ Statues
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Once a summer retreat for emperors, this 290-acre park is still a retreat for the crowd-weary tourist, who can relax here or stroll around ancient... more » Owner description: Once a summer retreat for emperors, this 290-acre park is still a retreat for the crowd-weary tourist, who can relax here or stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and huge lake, stopping occasionally at a shop or tea-house. « less
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San Francisco, California
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I loved visiting The Summer Palace because I love history and in some way, this place is like a time capsule. Yet, beside my own reason, this place has great scenery of the often looked over beautiful landscape of the outer Beijing area. Also, the architecture value of this palace is reason enough to visit.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

Lovely walk and a boat ride from under the palace to the island. We visited summer palace on a late afternoon - it is definitely worth experiencing.

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Nyon, Switzerland
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

I went here with my wife based on a last minute decision to find something to do on our last day in China. This place is amazing, like Versailles amazing. You have to spend a day here to see all it has to offer. The opulence of the emperor is best understood at the Summer Palace. They actually built a... More

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

This was by far the largest of the many gardens that we visited during our 16 day China adventure. You actually get more of a feel of being in a park with gardens within than just being at a garden. There is quite a bit of walking over multiple terrains ,so you'll want to wear comfortable supportive shoes. One of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW via mobile

This place is HUGE. Be ready to spend most of your day here. You'll be walking everywhere! So wear comfortable shoes. The covered walkway is amazing, the paintings above you are all unique, take your time looking at each of them. Once you get to the lake, you can find boat rides available for a fee. The palace is gorgeous,... More

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San Gwann, Malta
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

I was not prepared to walk for 4 hours at this place. The views were great but not amazing in my opinion. Nevertheless, it was well worth it.

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Ezulwini, Swaziland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the green space. There were one or two "wow" points that were worth photos, but on a busy day in August, our memories are more likely to be dominated by the crowds on every walkway. Fortunately there are quite a few meandering paths so the opportunity exists to take the long road. My advice - go there for... More

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Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Hot, Crowded, Loud, Pushy but the history of the Palace and views of the lake are very interesting and beautiful. If there was only less smog to enjoy the views.

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Bermuda
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

This attraction was unbelievably crowded on a very hot day. Take the boat ride across for a change of pace. Good for people watching.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

Massive recreational park in Beijing where one can spend the entire day leisurely strolling around the beautiful Kunming Lake, walking up the Tower of Buddhist Incense, admiring the decorated Paifang and visiting different palace structures. One can surely get lost inside this massive complex and the directions are of no great help either. We took an electronic guide at the... More

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