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Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)

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Address: Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007, China
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located only a few hundred meters from the existing Summer Palace, these...

Located only a few hundred meters from the existing Summer Palace, these ruins used to be a grand palace and park built under the Qing emperors in the 18th century, but was later destroyed by French and British troops during the Second Opium War (1860-1862).

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Extensive Site With Lots of Local Weekend Visitors

The palace was huge with lots of structures, gardens, etc. We bought the 50 yuan ticket which permitted most of the meaningful sites. I would advise visitors to enter the Main... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Also known as ruins of Yuanmingyuan, this was formally an Imperial Garden, now mostly in ruins. It was destroyed by the Anglo-French Allied Forces in 1860. Treasures were plundered and displayed in their country's museums. A park is now on the ruined gardens, so visitors can imagine the former grandeur of the site. Worth a visit if in the area.

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Despite the fact that there's not much to see of the ruins, the garden itself is a nice place to walk about in the hustle bustle of crowded Beijing. Buying ticket can be quite a queue, but, if you have the subway card, you can use it to get in (by deducting from your card credit), instead of buying tickets... More 

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Berlin, Germany
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Mostly just ancient ruins to see which are a little interesting. The views are good too but overall nothing great.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The palace was huge with lots of structures, gardens, etc. We bought the 50 yuan ticket which permitted most of the meaningful sites. I would advise visitors to enter the Main Gate and exit the North Palace Gate. Walk along the lake path and then proceed up the hill. I enjoyed most Suzhou Street which is a narrow walkway passing... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I love exploring this park, it offers lots of off the beaten path walkways and you can climb over hills and through trees. We haven't gone into the historical section yet, and haven't be able to explore the entirety of the park yet, but our two visits led us to new places. It's great for an hour... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017

Loved climbing right to the top and exploring all the interesting temples. Walking back down through the gardens and along the semi-frozen lake. Cant wait to go back when it is a bit warmer!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2017

I live in Beijing, so naturally I took the subway line 4 which drops you by the South Gate Entrance. If you want to JUST see the Ruins, GO TO THE EAST ENTRANCE. or else you will have to walk through endless lakes for about 30mn before you reach the ruins. Only after I was about to exit through the... More 

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Ende, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I kind of disgrace this place but i do appreciate the history of this places. Back than some acculturation happen here, Jesuit Priest help Kangxi Emperor to build a mechanical clock pond, it is 24 hour, represents by 12 chinese zodiac. each hour those zodiac were sprouting the water. So sad british army demolish all of it. Nothing really good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

It is an okay place to visit if you are interested in the history of it. The gift shop is very cheap and overall it was a nice walk around, it would not be easy if you are disabled or have a pushchair as a lot of the ground was uneven.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Been there yesterday with my 8 years old boy. Managed to walk around 2 Parks & the biggest pond in the middle of the park. It's a nice place to see the ruins & stroll along. But we have to use mask throughout the walk due to the very bad air quality. There were buggy car to travel from one... More 

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