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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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We had a great time at the summer palace. It was a bit crowded, but not too bad. We took the dragon boat across the man-made lake which was a lot of fun. There are a lot of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

We had a great time at the summer palace. It was a bit crowded, but not too bad. We took the dragon boat across the man-made lake which was a lot of fun. There are a lot of steps to get to the top for amazing views of the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015 NEW

Overall, it is an ancient park with lots of building and bridges on the lakes. We really liked the bridges in the middle of the park which goes through the lotus flower lakes. It is a pity you can not enter most of the buildings including the actual king summer palace! You can only visit from outside.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015 NEW

We have recently returned from a tour in China.During our stay in Beijing we happened to visit the summer palace during Sunday and have we found there...millions of chinese tourists taking.... selfish photos. The summer palace is very interesting but you cannot enjoy it because this place is overcrowded.Do not take the boat ride to the river with the dragonboat.It... More 

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Boise, ID USA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

There's not many parks in Beijing so the ones they have are busy. It's pretty. About average by international standards. Lots of people. Several tourist shops but not really too much to see. Buildings are are rebuilt replicas.

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

If you don't mind the travel this park is great, with a beautiful lake, but far from city and it is not comfortable to travel there in high summer or deep winter. That's why in Beijing Autumn and Spring are the much better time for a visit, particularly to remote locations. This park was the Emperor's summer retreat, but it... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Visited in the morning from our hotel at the Forbidden City; less than an hour away but we had a busy day planned so had our driver drop us at the South end and met him again at the North exit. We visited the small temple on Nanhu island first before walking around Kunming Lake where a local painted pictures... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

It is beautiful and interesting. There is an option to leave by boat to the Zoo. This is a nice option, even though it takes more than an hour to reach the zoo and one should change 3 boats (with all the passengers) Unfortunately, we missed the right zoo station...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

We seemed to be in shoulder season and so didn't seem to get the crowds mentioned in some other reviews. We went on a Sunday, which is supposed to attract the most crowds. While there were a lot of people there, this is a very big place and, apart from the Long Corridor, crowds tend to spread out. Incidentally, if... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 NEW

Went there when I was kid. Remeber so big lake with lotus in summer and turned into ice skating rink in winter. Nice place.

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Seattle, Washington
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015 NEW

This is a big place, lots of walking. Perhaps because it was our last stop on a hot day, it wasn't our favorite stop. Dragon ferry was fun and cooled us off.

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Address: Address: 19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
Phone Number: 010-62881144
Location: Asia  >  China  >  Beijing Region  >  Beijing
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Monday 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Friday 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday 6:30 am - 6:00 pm

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