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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
+86 10 6288 1144
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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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19 Xin-jian-gong-men Rd, Haidian District, Beijing 100084, China
+86 10 6288 1144
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Reviewed yesterday

This place is beautiful but HUGE. I highly recommend to either hire a guide (they are available at the entrance for about 140 yuan) or at least get the audio guide. I did the second after trying to find my way for about one hour....More

Thank Saesar
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

If you have visited the Forbidden City, the summer palace is kind of disappointing. The lake view is nice and it's worth going up all the stairs at the palace for a good view towards Beijing, but overall there isn't enough there to justify the...More

1  Thank Sandra F
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This Summer Place in Beijing is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China. This site has a harmonious ensemble of outstanding aesthetic value embedded in the natural landscape of hills and open water combined with artificial features such as palaces,pavilions,temples and bridges.

Thank 333Hslim
Reviewed 3 days ago

The summer palace has two subway stations on line 4 that are just a few minutes walk away. The north gate, from Beigongmen. Station ( line 4) come out and walk about a block (towards bus transit area) along the wall. The ticket office will...More

Thank callmeamby
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is within Forbidden city, and just show us the Chinese history. Massive building and great architecture. Do visit here

Thank Amba J
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Because we already took long walks in the morning in Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, we were not able to explore well this place. I think this place needs more time to explore as the beauty and architecture needs more attention.

Thank grracia
Reviewed 4 days ago

When you realise that the lake that this palace sits on was man made you are amazed at what can be achieved, also remembering that this was done with hand tools. Then you are told that the dirt removed for the lake is now the...More

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 4 days ago

The summer palace (Yiheyuan) proved to be a very interesting site to visit and amazed at the ancient architecture of these buildings.

Thank Dwayne B
Reviewed 4 days ago

Huge area to see very hard to believe that is was all for 1 person same old thing the pollution make the view hard to really enjoy

Thank SilverBack4
Reviewed 5 days ago

This was a gorgeous place, especially with the lake the water lilies blooming. As the Forbidden cite, the architecture is phenomenal and awe inspiring. A Must See!!

Thank slnoble
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15 July 2017|
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Response from AmerAmiri | Reviewed this property |
I've been there 2 times. One time with a big tour group and the other time with friends. Have no idea about the guides. Sorry. But I think having a tour guide is not essential unless you want to have deep info about the... More
23 June 2017|
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Response from Carribean_Taz | Reviewed this property |
Sorry I don't have the answer but you could ask the question to: (not allowed to put a url) google travelchinaguide ... attraction ... beijing ... summer-palace ... FAQs
10 January 2017|
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Response from Cocktailsyum | Reviewed this property |
The into china website has the adult prices listed for independent travellers and I've pasted them below. Children, seniors and students with a card got a discount but I don't remember Remember you need your passport as... More