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Located only a few hundred meters from the existing Summer Palace, these ruins used to be a grand palace and park built under the Qing emperors in the 18th century, but was later destroyed by French and British troops during the Second Opium War...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007, China
+86 10 6254 3673
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A very large garden that used to be the residence of Queen dowager and imperial consorts during Qing Dynasty. Most of it has been burned and destroyed by Anglo-French forces in 1860. The ruins of the baroque-style pavilions (ironically, designed by the French architects) remain...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One word to describe this park, CHEESY. If you have to visit, go directly to the ruins and the leave. Everything else about the park is run down. The tacky character statues cheapen the place and in some areas of the park there are offensive...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the true secrets of Beijing. Beautiful public greenery, famous especially for its unfortunate history, very big park, full of pathways,interesting bridges, lakes, lotus leaves, and most important, it's not crowded! Exit Qinghua University and it is only a few hundred yards ahead.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed March 8, 2019 via mobile

It’s a shame that this once Imperial garden was been burned down. The ruins were nicely stacked up and very well maintained. The lakes are beautiful as well, one can easily spend hours in the garden and learn about it’s history behind.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful big Park. In November there are nearly no flowers but the trees looking beautiful with the it golden tops. Its idyllic and i was nearly alone n the Park. When you are looking for the famos Ruins you have to go to the northern...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Old Summer Palace is little more than expansive parkland with small parts cultivated into well manicured gardens. To full enjoy the Lotus flowers in full bloom, go in the morning as the begin to close after midday. We too two took carts trips round huge...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018 via mobile

Old Summer Palace known as Yuanmingyuan park is a very large park also very quiet with a lot of history.From my hotel (Regent Beijing) it was 2 transfers on the metro total time of commute was about 25 minutes. I did not have a chance...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018

We were there in March 2018 and as you can see in the photos it was mostly a barren place, nothing much to see. It mostly seemed to us like an abandoned park more than anything else. We didn't get to see any standing ruins...More

Date of experience: March 2018
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

One of the best tours while in Beijing! Tells the story of how the British and French landed in China in the summer of 1860 and destroyed a beautiful city. And the thievery of items that they hauled back to their current resting place in...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 14, 2018

I passed by the Old Summer Palace in 1994 and wanted to make a visit....then you could see the neglected ruins and it looked interesting. It seems that now the ruins have all been neatly cleared up and stacked alongside the surrounding walls and the...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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