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Address: 19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
Phone Number: 010-62881144
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6:30 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Once a summer retreat for emperors, this 290-acre park is still a...

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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Not just a "Summer" Place

Another enormous place to take steps! There is a man made lake where you take a boat ride but why? You will miss the beauty if you do (walking). Take a walk and enjoy each step... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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37 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Definitely recommendable, but wait for the sky to turn blue since the lake can be quite depressing with all the smog. Don't leave without checking out suzhou street.

Thank Yosina K
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Another enormous place to take steps! There is a man made lake where you take a boat ride but why? You will miss the beauty if you do (walking). Take a walk and enjoy each step and the scenery. It is nice to enjoy the 360 panoramic views for what it offers (nature) but nothing much else.

Thank Indiana_Jonesse
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Summer palace is a wonderful place. There are several palaces in this enormous park. It is easy to walk around and the covered walkway Guiness Record for longest corridor, is beautiful. I walked to the marble boat and road the dragon boat across the lake. The lake is stunning and huge! A great place for children, young people and older... More 

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Santa Ana, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

It was really neat to see the Summer Palace in person and not in a history book. We took uber there from downtown and it ended up being a good option. We went on a Monday and it was so crowded. I can't fathom visiting in a weekend or holiday. Nonetheless, it is a must see.

Thank ryanblair9
Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visited the summer palace as part of a tour of 38 people. Unfortunately, we only had 2 hours to spend there. However, what we saw was interesting and scenic. I especially enjoyed the paintings on the covered walkway that stretches some 900 metres and the marble boat that stands at the far end.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A great place to visit and get at least 10 000 steps that day. Not suitable for strollers or wheelchair. Interesting design of the gardens, palaces and temples. Read about the area in advance and decide what you want to see. You might want to use two days if you want to cover the whole area properly.

Thank Magnus J
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went on a snowy day last sunday and it was just wonderful, it has a nice view on the top from the surroundings but with snow beware because the way it can be slippery, every one was having fun falling down and taking pictures from the landscape. The only down was that none of the buildings were open besides... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

My family and I were unlucky to visit the Summer Palace on a rainy day. The man-made lake was obscured by a thick fog, everything looked gloomy and dead. We could not take any decent photos and left the place in less than half and hour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A cracking visit a walk through a great setting. We were there in the afternoon when the sun was just setting over the lake with tremendous views, An other must see sight in Beijing, fantastic.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Hired a tour guide to take me to the Summer Palace. Took a canal boat ride (extra cost) to take us to the Summer Palace grounds. Huge place. Walked a good 20 minutes to a scenic bridge overlooking the palace in the distance. We were not able to walk up to the Palace. It was a beautiful park to enjoy... More 

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