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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
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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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Probably my favourite place in Beijing

I visited the Summer Palace in the Winter and it was still stunning. It looks amazing when the lake is all frozen so don't let the 'Summer' part put you off going in Winter ! So... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jess H
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London, United Kingdom

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London, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I visited the Summer Palace in the Winter and it was still stunning. It looks amazing when the lake is all frozen so don't let the 'Summer' part put you off going in Winter ! So relaxing to walk around and its really pretty.

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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited the Summer Palace with friends, it is a lovely day out... Beautiful gardens. If I came back to Beijing I would definitely return.

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Thank Rhona M
Christchurch
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46 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The summer palace was lovely. We went for a walk along the river and took in the views of the palace and then took a dragon boat back to the start which was fun.

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Thank HOTworldtraveller
Derby, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Part of a tour with Jacks Tours found on the Net. This was a stunning spot and was most unexpected. Although the weather was freezing the location was excellent. Jenny, our guide was so attentive and looked after every detail. Well worth using this service as so much more learnt about the whole trip.

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Southampton
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7 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots to see, you would probably need 7 hours in the day to see everything there and lots of walking. It is worth buying the map so you know where you are

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Thank Barbara_1406
Yantai, China
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Basically its a giant lake and some old architectural buildings. Just can go to stroll around if you got 2-3 hours of leisure time.

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McMinnville, United States
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Like most strong and important places where royalty live or frequent the high ground is used for both security and peace away from the masses. There was not limit on labor and materials to build this great places and and refuge's. Be sure to visit the learning center and gift shop. I had a family name stamp made here. Do... More 

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Thank Larry B
Surrey,England
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78 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Take the subway to the summer palace - it is quicker and easier than trying to take a car or bus. You really need a day to wander around this enormous garden, palace, temples and lake. it is absolutely beautiful.

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Stratford, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was interesting to see. However, you don't really go in buildings, but around them. You can look in windows. But well worth the trip.

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Pennsylvania, United States
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20 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

As a repeat tourist, the summer palace offers some of the best views of traditional Chinese architecture as well as rich history and beautiful vistas.

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