China Culture Photos

The summer palace

November 7, 2018

Located northwest of Beijing in the Haidian District, the Summer Palace was constructed in 1750 by emperor Qianglong, the fourth emperor of the Qing Dynasty. It is considered as “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design” and listed as World Heritage by UNESCO in 1998.

Best way to visit the Palace

You can spend half a day visiting the many buildings and walking along the garden surrounding the Kunming lake. We started by the left side of the park and the Garden of Harmonious Interest to avoid the crowd before getting to the Longevity Hill and the Hall of Buddhist Interest. Then, we get down across the Temple of Buddhist Virtue and the others temples in front of the lake.

Finally, we decided to go around the lake to join the 17 arches bridge.

How to get there:

  • The easiest and cheapest way to go there is to take the subway line 4 to the northwest direction and get off at the last station: Beigongmen (or North Gate 北宫门). You take the D exit and walk to the west until you reach the north gate of the Summer Palace(颐和园).
  • Recommended Time for a Visit : between 3 and 4 hours

Entrance fee:

  • High season (April to October) = RMB30 and low season (November to March) = RMB20
  • Tower of Buddhist Incense = RMB10
  • Wenchang Hall = RMB20
  • Suzhou Street and Danning Hall = RMB10
  • Combo Ticket (April to October) = RMB60 and low season (November to March) = RMB50


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