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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
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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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Another amazing place in Beijing and not surprisingly over crowded

It's amazing to tour places like this and see how vast they are and how few benefited from it. I thought it was stunning and probably could have spent a day walking through the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
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Milford, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

It's amazing to tour places like this and see how vast they are and how few benefited from it. I thought it was stunning and probably could have spent a day walking through the entire park exploring all of the buildings and pagodas. It was difficult to really enjoy the park due to the vast number of people. Pushing and... More 

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

We visited here in early November 2013 and had paid for a dedicated guide and driver as part of a package we had booked for China. This was a good idea as we did not have to wait in queues and they could speak excellent English but communicate with the locals who struggled to understand us. Whilst we did not... More 

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Bukit Mertajam, Malaysia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Well, you might need to spend a day or more to explore this whole summer palace. It is too big for you to walk around the gardens and the lake itself. The cooling air and clean environment makes you wanna picnic there!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Although a bit crowded, it was also serene. The Long Corridor is really long...2,400 feet long, but has more the 14,000 paintings along the route. At the East Palace Gate notice a couple of bronze lions crouching on white marble pedestals on either side, the male is to the south and the female is to the north. I particularly liked... More 

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Ajijic, Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

A must do while in Beijing. Was busy in November- so in summer months probably more so. Lots of nice photo opportunities. Worth the visit.

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Nairobi, Kenya
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

The setting of the Summer Palace is idyllic with a backdrop of mountains the Lake stretches before the Palace towards an island in the middle of lake. The Island is accessed by boat or by foot on a beautiful arched with smaller arches beneath it called the Marco Polo bridge. It has beautiful stone curved lions on either side. During... More 

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Melbourne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

An incredible space, full of amazing architecture, courtyards, tradition and cultural significance. A huge area - wear comfy shoes!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

Before you go to China, and especially the Summer Palace and Forbidden City, do yourself a favor and re-watch The Last Emperor and/or do a bit of research on Cixi. That will make the visit so much more meaningful. The entire grounds are beautiful; craftsmanship and artwork are amazing! We engaged a private guide to take us around Beijing. She... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

This attraction is very popular with the locals as well so it was very busy when we went, but it was still a great cultural piece to explore. You can spend a couple of hours or a full day since the palace covers a massive section of land. There is a lot of history to take in so take your... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

This is a historical and cultural place. Suggest visitors do some history research before visit to this place. It is so huge and beautiful. It takes us more than 4 hours to walk through the whole thing. Remember to bring comfy walking shoe. We walked up to the hill and looked down at the lake, the view is amazing. Entrance... More 

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