The Summer Palace is considered the biggest and the most well-preserved park in China. The entire park holds palaces, temples, pavilions, halls, bridges, and well-designed gardens. It occupies a little more than 300 hectares.
I love gardens. It is great joy for me to be surrounded by flowers and trees. So I was automatically happy when I got to the Summer Palace. I was incredibly astounded by its grandeur, awestruck at the exquisite artistry of its structures and paintings, and marveled at the beauty of the garden landscape.
And like most parks in Beijing, locals come here in droves -- to dance, to play cards, to read, to just while away time.
In 1998, UNESCO declared the Summer Palace among its World Heritage Sites.
We took this dragon tourist boat to go to the other side of the garden through the Kunming Lake.
Inside our dragon boat with fellow tourists.
The Palace was opened to the public in 1924.
Tourists and locals could rent paddle boats and enjoy the scenery.
The Seventeen Arch Bridge connects the eastern shore of Kunming Lake and Nanhu Island.
There are about 30 bridges in the Summer Palace, but this is said to be the largest one.
The marble boat is 36 meters long and sits immobile at the northwestern shore of Kunming Lake.
Another one of the many bridges around Kunming Lake. Charming.
The Kunming Lake overlooks the Longevity Hill and the Tower of Buddhist Incense.
There are many pavilions around the garden.
The Long Corridor, the longest in the world, features 14,000 paintings on its beams and ceilings.
So many things to see and touch. So many charming little corners, too.
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When you decide to visit the Summer Palace, spend at least three (3) hours there.
Nov 1 - March 31 | 20RMB
April 1 - October 31 | 30RMB
(Entrance Fee + Tower of Buddhist Incense, Wenchang Hall, Suzhou Street & Danning Hall, Dehe Garden)
Nov 1 - March 31 | 50RMB
April 1 - October 31 | 60RMB
Nov 1 - March 31 | 7:00am - 5:00pm
April 1 - October 31 | 6:30am - 6:00pm
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Hotel: Days Inn Tiananmen Square with breakfast
Tour Guide + Transpo + Lunch
Airfare: Cebu Pacific
more or less $1,200/person
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Our guide Jamie Wang speaks english
and is knowledgeable about China's history and tourist spots.
He was very helpful and nice and honest.
If you plan to visit Beijing and would need a guide,
email him at firstname.lastname@example.org
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