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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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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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No.19 Xinjian Gongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
+86 10 6288 1144
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This is like the recreational botanic gardens of Beijing, it is huge and there is a bit of walking but it is very picturesque, you can hire a pedal boat and go out on the lake but you need two adults for the peddling, plenty...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank John V
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Very scenic large park with lots of Chinese character such as old relic Chinese buildings and signature arch bridge. The frozen lake for bike skate is the major highlight for kids.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dsetiawijaya
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wow! Don't miss the intricate details to the buildings! Beautiful place to walk around. A guide helps with the history. It does get crowded so avoid the busy times by going early.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DQShaw
Reviewed 3 days ago

Worth getting a book or a tour to get details of this beautiful spot. Give yourself time to stroll and enjoy on your own.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Susan B
Reviewed 3 days ago

Excellent cultural site and good place exercise. Avoid during the Chinese holydays, since it will be very crowded

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank camachosteffensen
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This was a definite highlight. It does get crowded so you need a tad of patience. The Chinese are excellent at the preservation of history, buildings & culture. The attention to detail on the buildings, the masonry- everything. The stories of the different dynasties -remarkable....More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank thelmamelk
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had a lovely day here taking in the sights. Made the mistake of trying to walk around the whole lake. Its a long way! Enjoyed the scenery and the history of the place. Incredible!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 171madeleiner
Reviewed 4 days ago

This is a huge palace area you can spend several hours going around taking pictures, enjoying temples, gardens, the lake and more. Another must visit when in Beijing!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank burkongla
Reviewed 4 days ago

I was a speaker at the World Congress of Philosophy. On one of the days of the conf. I did some traveling. The Summer Palace was one of the stops. The whole area was packed with people. It was like a festival. Besides the buildings,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank GoPlaces238098
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The Summer Palace was an incredible place to visit. Filled with beautiful buildings and stunning gardens. A must for visitors to Beijing.

Date of experience: December 2018
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2 September 2018|
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Response from se0nak | Reviewed this property |
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
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24 July 2018|
Response from pavmanmikey | Reviewed this property |
Hi 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