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Address: 19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
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Phone Number: +86 10 6288 1144
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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I really liked the summer palace location at the lake and the many sights. It is much more diverse (as an experience) than the forbidden city. A must see!

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Zeist, The Netherlands
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I really liked the summer palace location at the lake and the many sights. It is much more diverse (as an experience) than the forbidden city. A must see!

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

When in Beijing you must visit the emperor's summer palace! We went here even on winter, the place is very picturesque!

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Long Beach, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After exploring the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace proved to be a lovely respite from the crowds. We walked to the highest point to see the views . There is a small entrance fee, well worth it to be able to experience Beijing.

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Santa Clarita, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

What beautiful views of the Summer Palace! We did not realize we were not going to walk through the palace itself, but instead walk along the lake to see the palace.

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Thank LucyVacation
San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My readings of the dowager empress Cixi came alive in this fabulous place. It is no wonder why she loved this retreat so much! Beauty, art, water, flowers, wind...what is not to love!

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's called the Summer Palace because this is where the royalties used to spend their time when the heat strikes the city. And it's no wonder why when we went out of the car, it felt much colder here than anywhere in the city. Summer palace is so huge that we spent around 3 hours on a normal pace going... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As a beijingner, it is easy to visit Summer Palace frequently, to feel the king's garden in different season. 冬日的雪,八月的桂花,漫步西堤,避开人流,体会最美。。

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Thank oceanpearl1222
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Has lake with boating facility. Has great architecture. A must visit place. Metro rail station is far from the locality.

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Florida, USA
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Did not visit the Summer Palace in the summer when it must be really spectacular. It was winter and super cold, but still you could appreciate the beauty of the place. The location on the Kunming Lake is nice and you can see the buildings on Longevity Hill from there.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is the second time I visited Summer Palace. The place is as busy and crowded as usual. The weather was nice. It is very clean now, so hard to spot rubbish on the ground. Shops in the Palace have better presentation than before. There is no vendor try to sell goods in an aggressive way. View is just so... More 

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