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Summer Palace Overview

Facts   Summer Palace (Pinyin: Yi He Yuan), which is 12 km west of Beijing City, is the largest preserved imperial garden and a former summer retreat for emperors. It is also known as "Garden of Clear Ripples" for the beautiful Kunming Lake. Meanwhile, Summer Palace has more than 100 ancient style pavilions, towers, mansions, halls, temples, bridges and it has already become an ideal place to ... More

Summer Palace History

Jin Dynasty The history of Summer Palace could be dated back to 800 years ago; Jin Dynasty chose Zhongdu (Beijing) to its capital and built many huge, great buildings in Beijing, including the Golden Hill Palace, which was built in this area in 1153.   Qing Dynasty During the time of the heyday of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), for celebrating his mother’s birthday, the Emperor Qianlong summoned sk... More

Summer Palace Construction

With 726.5 acres' area and three quarters water, Summer Palace is a perfect example of refined craftwork with finest materials, Longevity Hill, Kunming Lake etc with over 3,000 structures: pavilions, towers, bridges, corridors etc, which you could see in four parts: the court area, front-hill area, front-lake area, and rear-hill and back-lake area. Moreover, mainly important buildings are concen... More

Summer Palace Tips

1. How to get to Summer Palace  (1) By SubwayTake subway line 4 and get off at Beigongmen Station (Beigongmen means the North Palace Gate of the Summer Palace) or at Xiyuan Station, get out of the station from Exit C2 (southwest exit) and walk west about 500 meters. (2) By BusTake bus 469 or 539 and get off at Yiheyuan West Palace Gate Station.Take bus 74, 374, 437 or 952 and get off at Xin Jian... More