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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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Lovely gardens, lake and architecture make this an enjoyable place to spend a half-day wandering around. Last time I did it as part of a tour and it was a fast blast straight in one end and out the other, which is fine just to...More
This is an incredible landmark and historical site. Being able to freely walk inside this vast palace and visit the many rooms gives you a sense of Chinese history. The areas and rooms are well marked in Chinese and English language so you get an...More
If i had to do it over, I’d skip the temple of heaven and spend less time at the forbidden city so I could spend most of my time here. Because it was a summer palace meant for retreat, it’s very woodsy and calming with...More
The Summer Palace is not really a palace in the traditional western term. It's beautiful waterways, parks, temples and courtyards. You can spend an hour or a full day. Just take a stroll around the lake, view the long corridor with its gorgeous Chinese landscape...More
What a really beautiful place. Easily accessed from the city, you are met with the spectacular palace. Take a boat trip and then walk right up to the building high on the hill. The view is lovely at the top.
A nice few hours out...More
The summer palace is nopt just a palace; it is rather a whole area with forset lakes and buildings. Climbing up to the temple top you will have a most beautiful view over busy and crowded Beiging. Also, renting a boat you may experience moments...More
Super crowded even on a Thursday. Very breezy by a huge lake. Great place for taking lots of photos. Please spend the money on a good guide to appreciate the full history of the palace. A must see attraction.
Easy to reach by subway, entering from the north entrance, audio guide is recommended if you are not familiar with the history of Summer Palace, it is pretty interesting with hundred years of Chinese history and why they built it. Spend at least 3-4 hours...More
The buildings and gardens in the Summer Palace are just beautiful and would also recommend taking one of the boat rides across Kunming Lake for an additional perspective. We visited on a weekend and it was very busy, but this didn't spoil it.
Out of all the places we have been to in Beijing my favorite was Summer Palace. You wouldn’t be able to see the beauty of it unless you go inside. I would also recommend to get an access to all of visiting places inside the... More
Out of all the places we have been to in Beijing my favorite was Summer Palace. You wouldn’t be able to see the beauty of it unless you go inside. I would also recommend to get an access to all of visiting places inside the palace as the total cost I believe was around 60 yuan which is very reasonable. We also took a boat tour inside the lake. Beijing is humongous and we ended up extending our trip as each places would take more time than I originally planned. Have fun.
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You can buy your tickets at the North gate April-October it is 30 (CNY), November to March 20 (CNY). Not sure how much the child ticket is but you may be able to get a family ticket. So very worthwhile to spend the day... More
You can buy your tickets at the North gate April-October it is 30 (CNY), November to March 20 (CNY). Not sure how much the child ticket is but you may be able to get a family ticket. So very worthwhile to spend the day there.