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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 1,242 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

I only wish I could have spent more time here - a beautiful place for families and for a quiet walk around the lake and through the palace buildings.

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Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Ok option to spend a day in beijing. The most interesting part of it is the ancient street just right behind to the entrance tho whole complex. Galeries and the tower doesnt worth.

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Keszthely, Hungary
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

Perfect place to spend your free time on a sunny day, A blend of historic monuments and free time activities outdors.

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Beijing, China
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014 NEW

As with most Beijing's attraction, the place is huge and overcrowded. Go during off peak holidays and plan the route carefully to avoid backtracking. Be here to appreciate the history but there is really not that deep significance compared to the Yuanmingyuan nearby. Worthwhile to visit during winter time when the lake is frozen and you can take a walk... More

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

very touristy with loads of sellers asking for very inflated prices but defiantly a place to visit and do take your camera with a LONG lens

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Bearing in mind this is from just over a year ago. Visiting in high tourist season in August and in temperatures reaching 35c, this was near enough an ordeal than a pleasure. Water, as always in China, would be sold mainly warm. Queues were pretty terrible getting in and once inside, the minimal amount of tourist views were packed. Without... More

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Daegu, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW

Try to get there before sunset to get some beautiful photos. I wasn't able to get tickets before closing but managed my way in with some Chinese men who have their own thing going, getting people in after close~~for a negotiable fee, of course. Because I arrived so late, I wasn't able to enter the palace but the palace grounds... More

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Quezon City
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Some travel tips 1) Don't go in August - the huge crowd destroys the experience 2) This place is huge! ensure you wear good shoes, bring water, umbrella/sunblock - take time to explore the entire palace 3) Book an English tour to explain the significance of the buildings etc

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Krakow, Poland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

It's not in the strict city center, but easily accesible by subway. The main sites are located all around the great lake. You can also ascend to the hill where palace buildings are located (you have to buy an extra ticket, but the park view from up there is definitely worth the price). Be sure to leave yourself plenty of... More

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Cassington, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The pavilions and covered walk ways are spectacular and the decoration on them all vivid and beautiful. The smog was so bad on the day we went that you could hardly see across the lake, which was a shame as the landscaping and juxtaposition of the buildings is part of the appeal. We had a brief group introduction and then... More

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