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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 #4 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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Key Biscayne, Florida
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32 reviews 32 reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

It is very impressive and I can imagine how beautiful it was... Still you can see it.. When I when there it was very hot and a lot of people..Drink water

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Mumbai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

The Summer Palace is very exquisite and beautiful - vast greenery, a lake, lots of history, art, culture and above all, stunning architecture. What more can one ask for? Outstanding experience! Tip: Be prepared for a LOT of walking!

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12 reviews 12 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

The Summer Palace was worth the visit, beautiful architecture and details throughout the grounds and buildings. We started at the small gate entrance, not the main one - and avoided the crowds. Worth the trip, although second the Forbidden City.

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Diamond Beach, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

dragon boat ride art history and the just very fun place bands and dancing get there early as gets crowded

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Preston, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Impression of this place probably prejudiced by three major factors : 1) the Wendy Wu tour guide couldn't be bothered providing us with a guided tour because it was raining and he was cold. 2) there were no guide books or maps available to help find your way around 3) I was beaten up in one of the toilet blocks... More

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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Many guide books would have you believe that the Emperor ‘seldom left’ the Forbidden City. But, he had his ‘Summer Palace’, set in extensive gardens by a lake. We didn’t see inside the Palace itself, but, instead, took a stroll around the gardens. However, it wasn’t exactly the leisurely stroll we’d been anticipating. At the entrance to the gardens, a... More

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London
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This was one of the most beautiful places we have seen during our 2 week trip in China. It was so nice and so well looked after! You really need a full day to see everything, we came at around midday and run out of time as they started closing some attractions at 6 pm.

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It's a lovely place and one of the places in the city we've found where you can still enjoy some nature with grass and trees a lot of places. It is a large area with a lot of walking to be had if you intend to visit all the possible attractions. One downside is that they charge for a number... More

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Western Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

It was school holidays and it was extremely crowded with Chinese families. While it was lovely to see Chinese families out enjoying themselves the crowds were a little overwhelming for me. It was also very hot, humid and smoggy. I probably would have enjoyed it more if it hadn't been so crowded but I would still put the Great Wall,... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

I traveled to the Summer Palace on a college study abroad trip, and we were required to each do a report on one of the sites we would see. My friend and I chose the summer palace, which was amazing because we learned the rich history about it before we went. When you walk into this park you will realize... More

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