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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
010-62881144
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As featured in 3 days in Beijing
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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Long Island
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

You have seen one palace, you have seen them all. Not too large, not too small. Nice photo ops. Worth seeing.

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Nuremberg, Germany
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW via mobile

The place is good to see a different side of Beijing, little walks between the places and some air running if you are lucky, you can reach it by subway, walk a little and enter through the east gate. The place is huge and you can sprint it and see the main buildings in half a day, but it worths... More

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Sacramento
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

As I walked through the entrance gates to the Summer Palace, the view took my breath away. The day I visited in July 2014 was typically hot and there were thousands of people visiting this UNESCO World Heritage Site. It's fun to take the short ferry ride across the lake.

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520 helpful votes 520 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

This a summer resort for the Imperial family and most influenced by Empress Cixi who used it as a getaway from the madness of the central city. Lake Kunming dominates everything and it is worth noting that you can catch a boat to all the primary tourist spots within the complex which saves a LOT of walking. As you go... More

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Monterrey, Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Very beautiful and relaxing , there are shades and trees everywhere . Walking beside the lake is soothing , & u can also see a buddhist temple that rises between the greenery . You can take the boat ride if u want to take a shortcut and enjoy the view . They sell food and drinks inside , although i... More

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

We were lucky enough to visit with the blossoms on a fantastic day in April, so the area was beautifully colourful, on top of the colours, architecture and environment provided by the palace and grounds itself. This in itself is a good tip (come in April when it is colourful and cooler). We went on a weekend, and it was... More

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

This was the Palace that the Emperor used to stay during the summer or basically whenever he felt like it. After going to many old Chinese historic buildings I have to say that they started to look the same after awhile but really, the highlight of this place is the beautiful gardens and natural landscapes. So do visit it in... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

It is reachable by metro. You must be sure to arrive before 3 pm, otherwise you could not enter the Palace. Gardens and roads are just so beautiful! Please be sure to have a guide or to read before hand to really understand history and enjoy the experience.

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Cologne
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

The summer palace can be reached by subway or taxi from the inner city of Beijing within half an hour. I went on a Saturday and it felt like have of the Chinese people had the exact same idea. The place is a gigantic area with palaces, gates, temples and museums and offers great experiences. You could easily spend two... More

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

This is one of the must-go in Beijing. There are a lot of people but you won't feel it's crowded. Take your time exploring the chambers and purchase a ticket for a boat ride.

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