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Summer Palace

Inscribed: 1998 Criteria: C (i) (ii) (iii)

The Summer Palace in Beijing- first built in 1750,largely,destroyed in the war of 1860 and restored on its original foundations in 1886-is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. The natural landscape of hills and open water is combined with artificial features such as pavilions, halls, palaces, temple and bridges to form a harmonious ensemble of outstand-ing aesthetic value.

——WHC,UNESCO

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The Summer Palace, the largest imperial garden in the world, lies 10 kilometers northwest of Beijing. The Summer Palace has a history of over 800 years, it served as a summer resort for the Jin court and the Qing Dynasty. Occupying an area of 290 hectares, mainly covered by the Kunming Lake, a miniature drilling place for the imperial Navy. The palace divided into 3 parts: halls for political activities, living quarters and the religious building.

In 1860,the Anglo-French allied forces invaded Beijing and burned down the Summer Palace. The Empress Dowager Cixi had Summer Palace rebuilt with the funds intended for the development of the navy. In 1900,it was burned down again by the invading troops of the 8 powers and rebuilt by Empress Dowager Cixi in 1903.

One of the most beautiful landscapes in the Summer Palace is the Long Corridor. It is 728 meters long with 273 sections. More than 8000 gorgeous pictures were painted on the beams of the corridor. Like a ribbon, the corridor connecting the 3 parts of the garden.

Any description of the Summer Palace wouldn't be complete without visiting the garden yourself.

• Hour:
Busy season: from April 1 to October 31;
Gate: 6:30-18:00;
Parks Inside the Summer Palace:8:30——17:00;
Close:20:00 .
Slack season: from November 1 to March 31;
Gate: 7:00-17:00;
Parks Inside the Summer Palace:9:00——16:00;
Close:19:00.
• Facilities
Pleasure Boat Route:
Marble Boat——South Lake Island.
South Lake Island——Marble Boat.
Shizhang Ting——Bronze Ox.
Bronze Ox——Shizhang Ting.
Paiyun Dian——South Lake Island——Paiyun Dian
Price: RMB ¥15.
Business Hours:9:00——16:00.
Boats-for-Hire Rates:
Yuzao Xuan Dock: Pedal Boats\ Electric Battery Boats.
Paiyun Dian Dock: Pedal Boats\Electric Battery Boats.
Yulan Tang Dock: Pedal Boats.
Wenchang Ge Dock: Pedal Boats\ Electric Battery Boats.
Kuoru Ting Dock:Pedal Boats\Rowing Boats.
Rowing Boats:4 persons, 60 yuan per hour.
Pedal Boats:4 persons, 60 yuan per hour.
Pedal Boats:6 persons, 80 yuan per hour.
Electric Battery Boats:4 persons, 80 yuan per hour.
Electric Battery Boats:6 persons, 120 yuan per hour.
Business Hours:8:30——16:30.

• Routes:

From East Palace Gate
One hour route: East Palace Gate——Hall of Benevolence and Longevity——Garden of Virtue and Harmony——Hall of Jade Ripples——Yiyun Hall——Hall of Happiness in Longevity——Long Corridor——Hall that Dispels the Clouds.
2-hour route: East Palace Gate——Hall of Benevolence and Longevity——Garden of Virtue and Harmony——Hall of Happiness in Longevity——Long Corridor——Hall that Dispels the Clouds.—— Clear and Peaceful Boat——Suzhou Street.
2.5-hour route: East Palace Gate——Hall of Benevolence and Longevity——Garden of Virtue and Harmony——Hall of Jade Ripples——Yiyun Hall——Hall of Happiness in Longevity——Long Corridor——Hall that Dispels the Clouds Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha——Suzhou Street.

From North Palace Gate
One hour route: North Palace Gate——Suzhou Street ——Tower of Cloud-Retaining Eaves—— Clear and Peaceful Boat——Long Corridor——Hall that Dispels the Clouds.
2-hour route: North Palace Gate——Suzhou Street ——Tower of Cloud-Retaining Eaves—— Clear and Peaceful Boat——Long Corridor——Hall that Dispels the Clouds——Hall of Happiness in Longevity——Garden of Virtue and Harmony——Hall of Benevolence and Longevity.
2.5-hour route: North Palace Gate——Suzhou Street—— Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha——Hall that Dispels the Clouds——Long Corridor——Hall of Happiness in Longevity——Yiyun Hall——Hall of Jade Ripples——Garden of Virtue and Harmony——Hall of Benevolence and Longevity.

From New Palace Gate
1.5-hour route: New Palace Gate ——Bronze Ox ——East Causeway——Wenchang Tower—— Hall of Benevolence and Longevity——Garden of Virtue and Harmony——Hall of Jade Ripples ——Yiyun Hall—— Hall of Happiness in Longevity—— Long Corridor.
2-hour route: New Palace Gate ——Bronze Ox ——East Causeway——Wenchang Tower—— Hall of Benevolence and Longevity——Garden of Virtue and Harmony——Hall of Jade Ripples ——Yiyun Hall—— Hall of Happiness in Longevity—— Long Corridor——Hall that Dispels the Clouds.
2.5-hour route: New Palace Gate ——Bronze Ox ——East Causeway——Wenchang Tower—— Hall of Benevolence and Longevity——Garden of Virtue and Harmony——Hall of Jade Ripples ——Yiyun Hall—— Hall of Happiness in Longevity——Hall that Dispels the Clouds——Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha ——Suzhou Street.

 

 

Ticket Name
Prices(RMB ¥)
Slack Season
Busy Season
Entrance Ticket
RMB ¥20
RMB ¥30
Note:These price do not include the admission to the following scenic spots inside the Summer Palace
Halt Price Ticket
RMB ¥10
RMB ¥15
Thtough Ticket
RMB ¥50
RMB ¥60
Admissions to the following scenic spots inside the Summer Palace
Garden of Virtue and Harmony
RMB ¥5
RMB ¥5
Tower of the Fragrance of the Buddha
RMB ¥10
RMB ¥10
Wenchang Gallery
RMB ¥20
RMB ¥20
Suzhou Street&Hall of Serenity
RMB ¥10
RMB ¥10

 

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