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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
010-62881144
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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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Athens, Greece
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Just don't miss a visit here. You can see and play with kite flyers, take a boat trip, walk, run, even climb :) You get away of Beijing traffic in an idyllic landscape. You can relax there as you can always find a quiet spot even when totally crowded.

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Singapore, Singapore
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014 NEW

Like: - history of the palace - beautiful infrastructure - beautiful view Dislike: - crowded (it was public hols)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

wonderful visit even though there was a large number of tourists present. The history of the place is fascinating and a local guide is recommended to understand the history you will be walking through.

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Canberra, Australia
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216 reviews 216 reviews
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235 helpful votes 235 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of hours here the afternoon after rain had settled smog, so we had excellent visibility. The gardens are extensive around a man-made lake dating to the 19th Century. We didn't have time to take in the palace itself, but the gardens were very enjoyable. Loved the visual aspects of the pagodas, bridges and landscaped gardens. I... More

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Inverell, New South Wales, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

loved this exciting and beautiful place , so much to see, and so much to do , loved the kite flyers and just admiring the beauty around this amazing place

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 NEW

Pleasant area on a lake, cool in summer, quite crowded but worth a visit. To understand its history and significance it helps to have a guide but just soaking up the atmosphere and the views makes it worthwhile.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

Only a short drive from most downtown Beijing locations, it seems like a world away in escaping the noise and some of the smog of the capital. Crowded in the summer months but you can get the sense of why people came here to relax and enjoy the tranquillity. I used a personal guide and the detailed information was worthwhile... More

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

This was fantastic with the lake and all the boats where people can relax and take in the views . The corridor of paintings on the ceilings were just amazing . I took so many photos . We went with a guide from viator company so we could listen to some of the history otherwise you don't know anything about... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

The Summer Palace includes over 700 acres of water gardens, temples and fantastic bridges. The large bodies of water are crisscrossed by large dragon boats ferrying people across the bodies of water. Lotus blossoms and lily pads cover large areas of the water and create a vibrant contrast with the surface of the water. You can spend several hours just... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

We set out first thing in the morning thinking we'd beat the crowds, however was still very busy. Definitely worth visiting, impressive and highly recommend taking a boat across the lake

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