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Address: 19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
Phone Number: 010-62881144
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Once a summer retreat for emperors, this 290-acre park is still a retreat...
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.
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One of Many Must-see Beijing Sites

A very extensive palace and grounds - obviously a favorite place for Chinese locals to visit often. You will need several visits to see it all. The jade boat and very long... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015 NEW

A very extensive palace and grounds - obviously a favorite place for Chinese locals to visit often. You will need several visits to see it all. The jade boat and very long covered, and partially refurbished walkway were highlights.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 NEW

take a boat around, walk and gaze, go see the palace up on the hill. serene and huge, a mecca for Chinese tourists

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Normal, Illinois, USA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Beautiful palace and grounds, including the lake. Don't miss if you are interested in Chinese history. Good place to relax and enjoy the beauty if you have the time.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Beautiful beautiful place spend a couple of hours here if you can. The Long Corridor of pictures lovely stroll around the lake. Pay the extra to go up the the castle itself. So many people here.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

It was a rather long but beautiful walk from the entrance to the Marble Boat; but well worth it. There are lovely buildings and the walk along the water is quite pleasant. The covered passageway is covered in beautiful decorations.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

Very beautiful and very large palace garden area. Go early as it gets very very crowded. So much to see that you need a few days to see all. If you have the time stop and rest and take in the views. If you go early you can get photos before the crowds fill all the scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

The largest and best preserved imperial gardens, was built as a theater for the Empress Dowager. The theater stage is made of delicate design of wood structures.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Reserved the tour in advance thru Trip Advisor and it was a viator tour. Picked up at the hotel on time and went to the Summer Palace first. Cherry was our guide, a well seasoned tour guide, good english. The Summer Palace was nice, crowded, but worth a visit if you have several days in Beijing. Cherry made it more... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Beautiful but avoid at the weekend. Unfortunately we had no choice but to visit at the weekend and it was SO crowded. Wonderful site but you need lots of time to see it fully.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

Great place to see how they used to live, Was being repaired during our visit, but either way its a sure place to visit!!

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