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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 #3 of 1,229 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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Geneva, Switzerland
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158 reviews 158 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

We had a private tour guide, and spent almost half a day wondering around the Summer Palace. It's huge, and we were lucky to have a very good tour guide her stories just took us way back to the past. We felt like part of the Palace while walking around,and we felt certain vibrations in certain location. Definitely a place... More

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Solihull, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

nice place to vist and have a boat ride, but very busy. its just show how much the emprors enjoyed themselves.

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Seattle, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

Amazing architecture, beautiful grounds. We went with our tour guide and spent the morning here. The key is to go early in the morning before the crowds. By the time we were leaving, it was packed and it became harder to enjoy the finer details. There is a lot of walking involved, as with all tourist activities in Beijing. But... More

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Manila, Philippines
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

massive place, must visit on your trip to Beijing. good views from the top of the palace, large place and hence be prepared to walk a lot

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indianapolis
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Quite the summer resort for being built 250 years ago! Separate from the grounds and history of the Palace; it was also amazing to watch the more "mature" Chinese as they would practice their writing of Chinese symbols. Their artistic abilities and attention to detail were truly fun to watch.

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Bangkok, Thailand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

it was great, it was just too crowded. Then again I did go on a Sunday, so maybe try to avoid going on the weekend.

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Allow a whole day to visit the Summer Palace, it's incredibly vast and full of wonders both small and large. Audio guides are available, and I would strongly recommend as this is the only way to get any information about the Palace, and gives you great detail about every part, and even tells you which places you haven't visited yet!... More

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Crawley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The summer palace was to put it short simply amazing. We visited the palace museum during spring festival and it was a horrible experience, not to be recommended. We visited the summer palace 2 days later, still during spring festival and yes, it was busy but no where on the scale of what we encountered at the forbidden city. I... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Visiting the Summer Palace and the Tiananmun Square; listening to the history of the Dragon Lady emotionally abusing her nephew the King Kong Sui, to the extent that he obviously experienced anxiety disorder whenever he saw her, shaking nonstop; and being ordered to die from poison the day before the Lady died from natural death herself, I was very angry... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

Preserved very well and it really is a sight to see. The dragon boat was excellent. The only problem really was the crowds which of course were expected, and the street sellers who lurked around the entrance (don't buy from these, they deal out fake money) all in all I would definitely reccommend it's not something to be missed.

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