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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

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3,697 Reviews
Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm
19 Xinjiangongmen Road, Beijing

The Basics

Due to its historical importance and popularity, the Summer Palace is included in nearly all guided tours of Beijing. Though you could easily spend a half-day at the Summer Palace, it’s also possible to visit the palace, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven all in a single day. Other tour options might include the Summer Palace and Mutianyu Great Wall, or the Summer Palace and Lama Temple.

While general admission grants entry to the main palace complex, including the Long Corridor and Longevity Hill, some individual attractions have an additional cost, such as the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, the Tower of Buddhist Incense, Wenchang Gallery, and the Hall of Serenity.

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All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
$188.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Wall Tour
Our guide SUSAN was more than fantastic. She was so personable and informative. She has a great command of the English language. We had such a fun day with her. The Wall was a once in a lifetime experience. The private tour we set up was perfect for our group of 6, including 2 kids. We spent the right amount of time everywhere.
Michelle_S, Apr 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Beijing

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Better than we thought
clewis819, Dec 2019
Summer Palace and Temple Of Heaven Private Tour
Our tour guide Helena of Leo's tour was fun and knowledgeable. Both places had more to see and know than we thought. We were well taken care of
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Great tour and tour guide!
helenam852019, Dec 2019
All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
We had a great day and our tour guide Alice was amazing. We adapted the agenda due to the traffic situation and had a stress free day and great food at the restaurant close to the Mutianyu wall. The car ride was very pleasant and our driver was very friendly as well. Thank you for this great tour :)
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Great Private Day Tour in Beijing
Gail828, Nov 2019
Private Day Trip of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Had a fantastic day out in Beijing visiting most of the highlights - sadly the Forbidden City & T Square were closed due to an event but this did not deter from me having a great time in a fantastic city. Driver and guide were both lovely and very professional/helpful throughout the day - would definitely use again on future visits...
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Beautiful
emid429, Nov 2019
Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket
Of all the places we visited in Beijing, this was by far our favourite. There was so much to see with lots of variety plus quiet places away from all the crowds. The views from the top across the lake are absolutely stunning, a must see.
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Excellent Full Day Tour!
annbD2762KF, Nov 2019
All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
My husband and I had a wonderful full day tour with Susan and our driver. It was really great to have a private tour so we could get to know our guide better. She offered wonderful history, an amazing lunch at a delicious local spot, and really an overall wonderful day. We drove through some beautiful countryside and orchards as well. It was really wonderful.
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Awesome
Donna M, Nov 2019
Summer Palace and Temple Of Heaven Private Tour
Helena was a fantastic tour guide. She showed up early, asked what we wanted to focus on and even took and emailed pictures back to us. Very personable, knowledgeable and friendly. She gave us a history lesson, information about art/ architecture and checked to make sure she was addressing our interests. On the way back to our hotel, she even helped us learn more about places we had visited days before. Excellent tour guide. Driver was really amazing too.
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Excellent tour
jairmaggi, Oct 2019
2-Hour Private Summer Palace Walking Tour
Alici was an excellent guide for us! We really enjoyed the time walking on the Summer Palace :) Thanks!!
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Summer Palace - Wonderful!
justinkmcnatt, Oct 2019
Summer Palace Half Day Private Tour
Christina was a wonderful guide. She gave me a lot of great information on the drive to the palace and during the tour. It was a great amount of time and then she took me by a tea ceremony to finish the tour, which was a pleasant surprise. I’d recommend.
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Great Wall trip
erussell9992019, Oct 2019
Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
Very good trip, certainly enhanced by a very knowledgeable guide and good driver. Would highly recommend to anyone.
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What a great afternoon! Worth every penny!
chinx42019, Oct 2019
Half Day Private Tour to Summer Palace in Beijing
We spent a great afternoon exploring Summer Palace in Beijing! Our guide was prompt and taught us so much about Beijing history and daily life.At the Summer Palace, she provided great information about the history of the palace.She adapted the visit to our preferences and even took some great pictures of us. She went well above and beyond what was required.
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Excellent guide
camilla478, Oct 2019
Beijing Forbidden City and Summer Palace Private Tour with Dumpling Making Lunch
Great tour with great guide. The food was excellent as well. I can highly recommend this tour. :-) ;-D
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Great tour!
GJ_Suzanne, Oct 2019
Mini Group Tour in Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace and Olympic Stadium
We were only 2 persons, so very easy touring around. The wall was very nice (recommend to climb the steep section to tower 1 for great views) and just in time before the crowds started moving in when we were heading back. Summer palace nice stroll around and a boat across the lake. The guide could tell us a lot and with only 2 persons also plenty opportunity to ask as many questions as we want. Also recommended to see the Acrobat show.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Summer Palace is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors.

  • Wear comfortable shoes; a palace visit involves a lot of walking, some of it over uneven surfaces.

  • Book a guided tour to avoid waiting in long entry lines, particularly during high season or Chinese national holidays.

  • The main entrances and most palace attractions are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

It’s easy to get to the Summer Palace by subway; take Line 4 to North Gate station or Line 10 to South Gate station. Numerous public buses also stop at the palace’s three entrances.

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When to Get There

Due to its popularity among both Chinese and international tourists, the Summer Palace can get quite crowded during Chinese national holidays and the peak summer season (July and August). Visit first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds.

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Boating on Kunming Lake

Don’t leave the Summer Palace without taking a boat ride on Kunming Lake. Short cruises depart from the Marble Boat and take visitors past Nanhu Island, the Bronze Ox, and the beautiful 17-Arch Bridge, offering a different view of the palace complex along the way.

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