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The Summer Palace (literally "Gardens of Nurtured Harmony") is a palace in Beijing, China. The Summer Palace is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill and the Kunming Lake. In December 1998, UNESCO included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List.  History: The Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644–1911), who commissioned work on the imperial gardens on the hill in 1749, gave Longevity Hill its present-day name in 1752, in celebration of his mother's 60th birthday. Kunming Lake was created by extending an existing body of water to imitate the West Lake in Hangzhou.   Must See: 1. Longevity Hill. In the center of the Temple of Buddhist Virtue stands the Tower of Buddhist Incense (Fo Xiang Ge) which is the best place for a panorama on the southern slope of Longevity Hill. 2. Long Corridor. It is famous for its length (728 m) in conjunction with its rich painted decoration (more than 14,000 paintings). 3. Kunming Lake and take a boat. The lake forms the key landscape features of the gardens. Walking along the lake, it is quiet and tranquil.

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Best Time to Visit Summer Palace:

Normally 3 hours are needed to cruise around Summer Palace itself. With your time on the city transportation included, you are advised to allocate at least half day in visiting Summer Palace. Summer Palace presents itself with different views for different seasons. Winter sees people skiing on the Kunming Lake; Spring time finds people breathe under fresh trees and flowers; Summer time often sees Summer Palace in a foggy day like a beautiful ”water and mountain” Chinese scroll painting. Autumn is the best time walking around Summer Palace, clear and blue sky with comfortable weather.

How to Get to Summer Palace:

Subway: Line 4:Take subway line 4 to the northest direction and get off at the last but one of Beigongmen (北宫门) and exit from Exit D and walk to the west, soon you will see the north gate ( Beigongmen Gate )to Summer Palace 颐和园on your left side. Line 10: Take subway line 10 to Bagou station at the end of Line 10, and then get a taxi from outside the station to the New Palace Gate (新建宫门). Or you may just walk for about 1.5km from Bagou Station to the New Palace Gate. Get off Bagou Station, follow your nose, you will meet a river, then turn right and walk along the river bank till the New Palace Gate of Summer Palace. If confused upon which way to go upon leaving the subway, just follow the crowd.

Public Bus: Buses via the East Gate of the Summer Palace (颐和园正门, 东宫门) Bus 330、331、332、346、394、712、718、726、732、737、801、808、817、826 Buses via the North Gate of the Summer Palace (北宫门) Bus 303、330、331、346、375、384、393、634、716、718、737、801、808、817、834、Express 5 Buses via the South Gate of the Summer Palace (新建宫门) Bus 374、437、481、952、704、992

Taxi: A taxi from Beijing city center will cost about RMB 80 and take about 50 minutes without much traffic. Summer Palace Visiting Routes: Entering Summer Palace via the different three gates, you will have three different tour routes visiting Summer Palace.

Starting from New Palace Gate (south gate) Loop Line Route: New Palace Gate – Walk north along East Dyke – the former Court Area (the East Palace Gate, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity…) – Long Corridor – Longevity Hill – Marble Boat – Ferry Boat and back to New Palace Gate (loop line) Starting from East Palace Gate Route: East Palace Gate – the former Court Area (the East Palace Gate, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity…) – Long Corridor – Longevity Hill – Marble Boat – Ferry Boat – New Palace Gate Starting from North Palace Gate: North Palace Gate – Suzhou Street – Marble Boat – Longevity Hill – Long Corridor – the former court area – East Palace Gate

Tickets and Hours of Summer Palace:

High Season (From April 1 to Oct. 31) Open: 6:30-18:00; Close: 20:00 Low Season (From Nov. 1 to Mar. 31 next year) Open: 7:00-17:00; Close: 19:00 After the tickets stop selling, the visitors are not allowed to enter, and to leave on time. Entrance Ticket: RMB ¥20 from November to March, and RMB ¥30 from April to October.


1.Get familiar with its 3-part layout: The Former Court Area is a royal palace where once Princess Dowager Cixi and the emperor lived and handled court affairs, accepted laudations and received foreign diplomats during their stay in the Summer Palace. The Long Corridor and Longevity Hill is the second part features the Long Corridor, the Hall of Dispelling Clouds, the Tower of Buddhist Incense, the Hall of the Sea of Wisdom, the Back Lake, the Suzhou Market and Longevity Hill. Kunming Lake and Nanhu Isle is the last part is Kunming Lake, which consists of the Marble Boat, Nanhu Island, the Bronze Ox and the beautiful 17-Arch Bridge.

2.To hire a boat is a good choice to visit the lake in the Summer Palace.

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