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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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What a wonderful place. But be prepared to walk up steep steps and many of them. But the hikes were worth it. Breathtaking views. And to say there were many shops is an understatement. Many souvenir shops throughout the complex
Good place for an outing with views and history.
A bit crowded but worth the 45min drive to see this compound by a lake. Interesting history behind the buildings and gardens.
Be ready for a bit of walking
We enjoyed a wonderful walk around here. The lake was empty of boats as it was out of season, which helped the view.
The marble boat is amazing. We visited on a cold sunny day and really enjoyed watching the locals playing games. We felt...More
Such a beautiful place to visit! Can be done in a couple of hours, but can also easily fill your whole day. Fantastic for strolling around, taking in the breathtaking views, and exploring wonderful architecture. The maps are beautifully drawn and can be their own...More
Got there by Metro - go to Bagou station on Line 10 and then walk out of the station following the signs to the XIJIAO line. At the station buy a ticket to West Gate of Summer Palace - first station on the line (RMB...More
I visited this place during the winter months so there weren’t any boats and most of the plant life in the lake was dead. However, there was still a lot to see. You can pay a little extra and climb to the top of the...More
Kind of interesting, but got old for me personally after awhile. If you are into Chinese history, you will probably love this place. We visited during the winter and was told it is more interesting duirng warmer times when the boats are on the lake.
Out of all the places we have been to in Beijing my favorite was Summer Palace. You wouldn’t be able to see the beauty of it unless you go inside. I would also recommend to get an access to all of visiting places inside the... More
Out of all the places we have been to in Beijing my favorite was Summer Palace. You wouldn’t be able to see the beauty of it unless you go inside. I would also recommend to get an access to all of visiting places inside the palace as the total cost I believe was around 60 yuan which is very reasonable. We also took a boat tour inside the lake. Beijing is humongous and we ended up extending our trip as each places would take more time than I originally planned. Have fun.
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You can buy your tickets at the North gate April-October it is 30 (CNY), November to March 20 (CNY). Not sure how much the child ticket is but you may be able to get a family ticket. So very worthwhile to spend the day... More
You can buy your tickets at the North gate April-October it is 30 (CNY), November to March 20 (CNY). Not sure how much the child ticket is but you may be able to get a family ticket. So very worthwhile to spend the day there.