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Address: 19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
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Phone Number: 010-62881144
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6:30 am - 6:00 pm
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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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Summer palace

Very beautiful place, but very crowded, make sure your kid close, no stroller recommended because the alley around the palace is very narrow. You have to see the marble boat, the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Lavinia I
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Very beautiful place, but very crowded, make sure your kid close, no stroller recommended because the alley around the palace is very narrow. You have to see the marble boat, the bankruptcy stone and go on a dragon boat ride back.

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Halifax, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

a lovely place , a man made lake to walk round they also have boats you can go on, lots to see is definately worth a visit

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Metro Manila, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Again I was with a guided tour, yes it was rushed and crowded. I loved the place though. It scenic and romantic - if only there were less people and I had more time and if I only I could see across the water. Visibility was so bad in the afternoon because of the smog.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The summer palace was clearly the absolute winner amongst the location I've visited on my China- tour. A must see for everyone on a sunny day. Hint: try to catch the sunset from the bridge!

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North Miami Beach, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Beautiful gardens, arched bridges,decorated corridors are some of the elements on this serene place.I visited for almost 2 hours, but you can stay longer, taking the boat ride to see and island temple is a must!

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Houston, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Beautiful landscape are with the palace and temples. Great place to get to know the history behind the Dragon Lady. We went with a private guide which gave us the background of the palace and history of the gardens. I don't recommend renting a boat for the lake, however I do recommend taking the ferry boat across the lake (20... More 

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Horley, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

As with all things it was crazy busy but the walk around was good and the tour guide gave us a good history lesson. Do a tour as it makes more sense if you know what you are looking at.

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Thank Michael N
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The summer palace is really worth a visit. Wall around the lake/pond - it is an oasis of calm and there is something magical about it. Definitely recommend visiting - If pressed for time, I would recommend visiting the summer palace over Tin amen Square.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

It is one of China’s largest and best preserved Imperial gardens. It has an amazing man-made lake in front which the Emperor had built in order to keep the palace cool during summer. This is where he used to stay during the summer. When we went there we felt such a vast difference in the temperature, it was windy and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The grounds are quite extensive and beautiful! I found the hand painting on the buildings exquisite ...a lovely place to stroll and relax. You will be very impressed. There are several options to buy food and drinks.

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