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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 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
1  Thank SpirosKphotography
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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Reviewed August 23, 2018

The Old Summer Palace might be worth a short visit if you plan to be nearby or you're particularly interested in palaces. Unfortunately, the buildings are mostly ruins spread out across the complex. The gardens are nice, but neither element compares to the Summer Palace.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 21, 2018

As lotus flowers open early in the morning and close by mid-day, we arrived at the ticketing office a few minutes before the opening. It was my last day during my private tour. Outside the gate there were many kinds of lotus flowers cultivated in...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank RayParks
Reviewed August 6, 2018

It is a beautiful garden with lots of foliage and lake to enjoy the cool summer. A relaxing a walk in the park if you have the time. The audio guide provided some history about the garden. Unfortunately the direction is mostly in Chinese and...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Elisha A
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

This is the best time to see the lotus in blossom and in Beijing there are several parks that you may enjoy in this season, however we spent a Sunday in the park that in English is called the old summer palace. You have to...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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