My teenage daughter and I went for afternoon tea before visiting the Summer Palace.
How to get there
It took us about an hour by taxi to get to the Aman from where we were staying at the Peninsula hotel in the center of the city. To return to the city, we easily found a taxi as we were leaving the grounds of the Summer Palace (around 3:00 on a summer weekday). We also noticed you can take a pedicab to the nearby subway station.
We made reservations but there were only two groups having tea while we were there so a reservation may not be necessary.
Access to Summer Palace
There is a "secret" door between the hotel and the Summer Palace but it is only available to hotel guests. To reach the Summer Palace, you will have to walk for about 5 minutes...exit the hotel, turn right and then right again.
Hotel, tea, cost
The interior of the Aman is luxurious and quiet. The bar area where tea is served looks out at a garden and pond. There is a nice selection of teas and the assortment of sandwiches and sweets is amazing (for China) and tasty. See photos. The cost is 198 yuan per person (around $30 US).
On my next visit, I will walk through the Summer Palace before having tea since it would be really nice to relax at the quiet Aman after dealing with the heat and crowds of the Summer Palace.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Just steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace grounds lies Aman at Summer Palace - the ideal location from which to discover Beijing. Housed in a series of pavilions, the resort is only 15km from the Forbidden City. A serene retreat, the property provides easy access to such cultural landmarks as the Great Wall, The Temple of Heaven and the hutongs, as well as Beijing's restaurants, art galleries and other contemporary delights. ... more less
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