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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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Address: 19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
Phone Number: 010-62881144
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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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Interesting and lots of walking

We visited the Summer Palace on a very cold day, so it's hard to separate the fact that I was freezing from the beauty and history of this place. We had just arrived in China a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 4, 2015
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Eureka Springs, Arkansas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We visited the Summer Palace on a very cold day, so it's hard to separate the fact that I was freezing from the beauty and history of this place. We had just arrived in China a day or two before visiting the Palace and some of us got tired of the amount of walking. If the weather were warmer I... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

This place is a must see point in Beijing, here you can see parts from all China collected into a huge park area build for the empires mother

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Navi Mumbai, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

a must see attraction in beijing, it was a bit of a disappointment compared to the hype. be ready for a long walk & crowds

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

I liked this one better than the forbidden city as it has not just a palace but also a water front, museums, other activities too. It is more commercial than forbidden city but definitely worth spending 3 hours (could be more if you want a relaxed one).

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

One could spend an entire day exploring the Summer Palace. First time I went, we somehow wandered away from the stairs and ended up climbing over stones to get to a bird's eye view of the tiled roofs. They were so close you could touch them and definitely made for some great photos. And after having recently toured the factory... More 

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Guangzhou, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Was very busy, but worth visiting. Lots to see. Our guide ensured we didn't miss the best bits. A good location for some excellent photographs.

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Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Enjoyed Summer Palace - similar to other areas frequented by the Emperors but still worth the look at.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

Summer palace is quite an extensive landmark. Be prepared to walk, the grounds are large and well maintained. The views from different parts postcard and picture perfect!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

This was the garden which was part of our tour in Beijing.It has some interesting metal statue of phoenix as you enter the garden. Then you walk about a mile in one of the longest covered corridor which is about 800 meters long. Then you finally reach a place where you have a marble boat which does not move really... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We visited on an interesting day- foggy with big ol' snowflake clusters! Fortunately, the Summer Palace is probably gorgeous no matter the weather. Unlike places like the Forbidden City, which can get a bit repetitive, the Summer Palace has a great variety of temples, pavilions, bridges, etc- plus it's simply a gorgeous place to walk around. Plan on spending at... More 

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