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“have an imperial feeling”

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
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Ranked #3 of 1,622 things to do in Beijing
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed October 25, 2013

walking by the lake, just imagine you are an emperor ( or empress ), enjoy the wide space around the lake, the gardens, trees, flowers, and the traditional chinese buildings. get your camera ready, and - even - you can practice a time of meditation. enjoy the dream.

Thank rafa e
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

A long ride to a park with structures that suffered by comparison with those in the Forbidden Palace and Temple of Heaven complexes. Young couples come here for privacy, as New Yorkers might to Central Park, but there's a feel of Coney Island to some sections, and the crowd size is daunting

Thank enfant_de_boheme
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

Entrance fee 60 Yuan be prepared to walk a few hours, bring your bottle of water and comfy shoes, you will be walking miles! Well worth it though, It's such a peaceful place, once inside you can rent a kimono for 40 Yuan (for pictures)so much fun. After you exit do not accept a guide to see the Huttongs or you will be at risk of been drop off on a different location, or do not accept to go drink tea they are offering a pot of tea for less than 40 Yuan and at the end they charge you 500 instead. take the bus number 1, it will take you back to the entrance of the palace. Across the street from here you can see The Tian'anmen Square, nice place for pictures and is free to the public.

Thank Cecilia R
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

What a beautiful setting. The play of light on the water and the sunset were magical and romantic. I would have enjoyed spending days here. Despite being busy near the entrance it had a tranquility and sense of peace. This is somewhere just to 'be' and to contemplate its beauty.

Thank bbb961
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

It was cold and foggy when we arrived but you still got the sense that you were somewhere special. After getting through the crowds queuing to get their picture taken with a massive inflatable duck (which was sat in the lake and took away from the place if I am to be honest) we made our way to the boat and sailed across the lake to the Summer Palace itself. The long corridor was nice to walk along for approx 800m. We then saw a show similar to what the Emperor and empress would have viewed which was very interesting.

Thank IrishGus
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