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Summer Palace

 Beijing Attractions

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Introduction to Summer Palace

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) is Chinese Royal Garden which has the largest Scale and best conservation in the world. It is one of the Four Famous Garden (Others are Chengde Mountain Resort, Humble Administrator’s Garden in Suzhou, Lingering Garden in Suzhou). Summer Palace is located in Haidian District, which is about 15 kilometers to Beijing. It has an area of 290 hectares. It was built based on the design and artistic conception from Kunming Lake, Wanshou Mountain, Hangzhou West Lake and some Jiangnan Gardens. It is praised as the Royal Garden Museum.

Summer Palace was built in 1750 and completed in 1764. Water covers an area of three-fourths. It was approved to be a National 5A Scenic Spots on May 8th, 2007. It was selected as the largest existing imperial garden by the China Association of World Records in 2009. The central Kunming Lake covers 2 square kilometers which was entirely artificial and also the excavated soil was used to make Longevity Hill. In Summer Palace, you can find a lot of palaces, gardens, and other classical-style architectural structures.

In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. It announced that the Summer Palace "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temples and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value." It is a famous and popular tourist destination but also serves as a recreational park.

If you take a local tour in Beijing, you can learn more about the historical palace and other Beijing attractions.

Shanhaiguan Great Wall


19 Xin Jian Gong Men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Main Sights

Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake, Pavilion of Precious Clouds, 17-Arch Bridge and Marble Boat

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Travel Information

Admission Fee: Combination Tickets (Incl. other attractions) - 60 Yuan (1st Apr - 31st Oct) Combination Tickets (Incl. other attractions) - 50 Yuan (1st Nov - 31st Mar)
Opening Hours: 1st Apr - 31st Oct 6:30AM - 6:00PM, 1st Nov - 31st Mar 7:00AM - 5:00PM
Best Time to Visit: The Summer Palace is best to visit during autumn and winter.

Shanhaiguan Great Wall


1. Take Subway Line 4 getting off at Xiyuan Station, leave the station via Exit C2.

Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Travel Tips 

1. Avoid visiting the Summer Palace during summer holidays and Golden Week in October as it is very crowded.
2. Do try and purchase your tickets in advance as it will save you time queuing to buy them.


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