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Summer Palace

Historic imperial retreat with stunning gardens, pavilions, and a serene lake located in Beijing, China's capital city.

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This is the largest garden in the country (which means it’s massive!), it dates back to the Qing Dynasty. Known by locals as the Garden or Restful peace, it certainly lives up to its name. The temples, gardens and water make it a place you can happily spend a day exploring. A very important point - WEAR COMFY SHOES - you’ll be doing lots of walking so your feet need to be comfortable or you’ll pay for it later. The ticket costs 60 Yuan ($8.5).

onestep4ward 3 years ago

The palatial Summer Palace, an imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty, was later rebuilt as the summer residence for the Empress Dowager Cixi. Enjoy a peaceful walk around Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake and admire the 118-foot stone boat on the lake’s northwestern shore. 

laurenmack 3 years ago

Summer Palace Lists

  • Best Things to do in China Under $50

    onestep4ward (Johnny Ward)
    China is full of places to visit and things to do, you can do them all if you’ve got an endless cash supply but if you’re on a budget you have to choose carefully. The country is great for those on a budget, checkout this list of the 10 best things to do in China under $50. I think you’ll be surprised how cheap some of these world class attractions are, more than one is free!

Summer Palace Articles

  • 35 Essential Things to Do in Beijing

    Beijing is a city of contrasts and a metropolis in constant flux. The Chinese capital’s wide boulevards and modern skyscrapers have been rapidly eclipsing the charming hútòngs (alleyways) and sìhéyuàn (courtyard homes) for decades, but there is still plenty of history and culture in the ‘Jing. From exploring the Forbidden City and riding bicycles through […]