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  • Address: 19 Xinjiangongmen Road, Beijing, China
  • Hours: Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm
  • Admission: 20-30 RMB

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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) Tours

In 1750, the grand Summer Palace was commissioned by Emperor Qianlong as a lavish lakeside retreat from the heat of Beijing. With pavilions, walkways, gardens, and bridges, the UNESCO World Heritage site on Kunming Lake served as the seat of government for Empress Dowager Cixi during the last years of her life.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket, Beijing, null
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Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket

The Summer Palace is one of Beijing’s most popular landmarks and one of the best examples of an imperial garden in China. With its hilltop views, lake and ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 1 to 8 hrs

From USD $6.50
All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour, Beijing, Attraction Tickets
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All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour

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On this full-day Beijing Private tour, you will see two of the most popular attractions in China: the Mutianyu Section of the Great Wall and the Summer Palace. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City, Beijing, ... 
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Private Tour: Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Forbidden City

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This private day tour is a comprehensive introduction to the most popular attractions in Beijing for visitors who enjoy walking. Spend a day exploring ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $122.00
Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner, Beijing, ... 
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Private Tour to Beijing Panda House and Cruise to Summer Palace with Imperial Dinner

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This family-friendly private tour starts with the Panda House of the Beijing Zoo and features nearly all of the main attractions in the Summer Palace. You will ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00
Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden, Beijing, Day ... 
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Beijing Historical Tour including the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and the Panda Garden

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Visit two of Beijing’s most important historic sites on a full-day tour that features the Lama Temple (Yonghegong) and UNESCO heritage-listed Summer Palace. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $54.99
All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer ... 
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All Inclusive Private City Tour to Temple of Heaven, Tian'anmen Square Forbidden City and Summer Palace

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

This full-day private Beijing city tour takes you to visit Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace,Tian'anmen Square and Forbidden City. Get to know up to 3000 years ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 to 9 hrs

From USD $78.00
Half Day Private Tour to Summer Palace in Beijing, Beijing, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Half Day Private Tour to Summer Palace in Beijing

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Breeze past the long entry lines to enjoy your half day  pre-booked tour of the Summer Palace. Follow your tour guide to visit huge emperor's summer garden. ...  Read more

Location: Beijing Region, China
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $48.00
Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Trip with Lunch, Beijing, Half-day Tours
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Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Trip with Lunch

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

Great Wall of China, one of the seven wonders in the world.It is one of the highlights you must see in your life. Summer Palace, a huge garden for the emperor ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $72.00
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Full-Day Beijing Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace Tour, Beijing, Private Day Trips
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Full-Day Beijing Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace Tour

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This is a classic Beijing city tour route, covering the highlight wonders in Beijing, such as Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace. This tour is ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 8 to 10 hrs

From USD $45.00
Small-Group Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch, Beijing, Full-day Tours
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Small-Group Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Reviews

This full-day tour of Beijing offers an in-depth look at Beijing’s rich cultural heritage. With a knowledgeable guide, you’ll tour the Great Wall at ...  Read more

Location: Beijing, China
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $158.00

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