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Summer Palace

Summer Palace - Classic Beijing: Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven Tour

Summer Palace
— Summer Retreat

Emperor Qianlong created the Summer Palace in the 18th century. It was burned down by the British and French allied forces in 1860, and renovated by the Empress Dowager Ci Xi in 1895.

The Summer Palace was once the exclusive Summer Retreat for the Imperial Family.

Largest Imperial Garden
in China
Today, the Summer Palace is one of Beijing's favorite tourist destinations. It is also one of the best parks in the city — and the largest Imperial Garden in China.

Its natural landscape is a paradise of hills and waters, combined with beautiful pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges.

"Central Park" of Beijing
The Summer Palace opened in 1924 as a "park for the people." Popular with tourists and locals alike, people come here to enjoy boating on the lake, strolling, and picnicking in the gardens — think of it as the "Central Park of Beijing" where locals come to play and have FUN.

Arrive early as it gets very crowded, especially during weekends. The Summer Palace has two entrances, but the majority of visitors use the East Palace Gate.

There's so much to do and see at the Summer Palace, so be prepared for a lot of walking and be sure to wear comfortable shoes.


Summer Palace, Beijing, China

Summer Palace "Combo Tours" departing from Beijing

Summer Palace "Combo"

  • Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
  • Beijng Historical Tour including Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Temple of Heaven

Long Corridor
The Summer Palace grounds cover a square mile and include three lakes and the 2,400-ft "open" decorated Long Corridor— the longest walkway in the Chinese gardens — where more than 14,000 paintings are displayed.

Longevity Hall & Kumming Lake
The area consists of Longevity Hall and Kumming Lake. The lake offers Boat Rides and Rowboats Rentals during much of the year. In the winter, you can rent ice skates.

Main scenic spots include the Tower of Buddhist Incense, Hall of Dispelling Clouds, Long Corridor, Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, 17-Arch Bridge, Garden of Harmonious Interests, Suzhou Street and the Marble Boat.

Summer Palace Hours
Open daily 7am-6:30pm.
Admission fee.



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