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The Summer Palace in Beijing, China

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Torontoguy's pictureby Torontoguy Sightseeing travel tip
added on the 16th of September, 2010
The Emperor's getaway for centuries, the Summer Palace is the greatest and grandest imperial garden in whole China. Built as a place of recreation and rest for the emperor, the garden encompasses everything that is peaceful, harmonious and beautiful.

Walking through the gardens and buildings you have the feeling that you stepped into a totally different world; not just an Eastern location with its typical architecture but a place where everything is in harmony with nature and thus gives you a sense of peacefulness and belonging. It is amazing; I didn't want to leave! :)

Be sure to visit the Summer Palace in the hot months, because in winter the gardens are not so rich and the lake is also frozen. You wouldn't have that satisfied feeling of seeing something beautiful and worthwhile, otherwise.

19 Xinjian Gongmen, Yuquan Shan, Beijing, China

Admission costs between Y40-Y50, an audio guide is Y30.

Opening Hours:
Between 08:30am and 05:00pm.

How to get there:
Take the Wudaokou subway,and then the no.375 bus, or travel directly from the zoo with the no.332 bus. You can also go by bicycle along the Canal of Beijing-Miyun .

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