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Summer Palace

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Shanhaiguan Great Wall

Introduction to Summer Palace (颐和园)

With the construction started in 1750, Summer Palace was built as a luxury royal garden. In the end of Qing Dynasty, it had ranked among the main residence of royal members. In 1924, it was open to the public. Later in 1998, it got listed into World Heritage Sites by UNESCO. Summer Palace boasts the top royal garden in China with regard to scale and preservation, recoginized long as “The Museum of Royal Gardens”.
 
Summer Palace covers an area of 300.59 hectares, with over 3,000 artificial structures which occupy more then 70,000 square meters. It features a dazzling fusion of natural sceneries and artificial designs including pavilions, corridors, bridges, and towers. Inside the garden, there are two main parts: the Court Area, Front Hill Area, Rear ill Area and Lake Area.
 
Court Area lies in the northeast of the Summer Palace, stretching from East Palace Gate to the Northeast coast of Kunming Lake. This area accommodates several transportation means and is the primary stop for visitors to view the charm of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake.
   
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Location

Haidian District northwest of Beijing, 9 miles (15 kilometers) from downtown Beijing

   
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Main Sights

Longevity Hill (Wanshou Shan), Kunming Lake

   
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Travel Information

Admission:

Gate Entrance

April 1 to October 3 (CNY30) November 1 to next March 31 (CNY20)

Pass ticket (including attractions inside):

April 1 to October 3 (CNY60) November 1 to next March 31 (CNY50)

Admission to specific attration:

Dehe Garden (CNY5) Tower of Buddhist Incense (CNY10) Wenchang Hall (CNY20) Suzhou Street and Danning Hall (CNY10)

Opening Hours

April 1 to October 31

06:30 AM - 18:00 PM (attractions inside: 08:30 - 17:00)

November 1 to next March 31

07:00 AM - 17:00 PM (attractions inside: 09:00 - 16:00)

   
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Transportation 

There are entrances: the North Palace Gate, the East Palace Gate, the New Palace Gate and the West Palace Gate.

1. Bus: No. 330, 331, 332, 346, 508, 579, 584, 601, 608 or 696 and get off at Yiheyuan stop, walk west to the East Palace Gate.

No. 469 or 539, get off at Yiheyuan West Palace Gate stop.

No. 303, 330, 331, 346, 375, 563, 584 or 594 to Yiheyuan North Palace Gate stop.


3. Subway

Line 4: get off at Beigongmen, and exit from Exit D, walk to the North Palace Gate, or

Get off at Xiyuan, take Exit C2 to reach the East Palace Gate.

Line 16: get off at Xiyuan, take Exit C2 to reach the East Palace Gate.

 

   
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Travel Tips 

1. Try to avoid visiting Summer Palace during Golden Week and summer holidays where the crowds and number of visitors will be substantially higher than usual.

   
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