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Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)

Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007, China
+86 10 6255 1488
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Located only a few hundred meters from the existing Summer Palace, these ruins used to be a grand palace and park built under the Qing emperors in the 18th century, but was later destroyed by French and British troops during the Second Opium War (1860-1862).
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007, China
+86 10 6255 1488
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is such a beauty if only the buildings were still intact. There is so much left to the imagination. We saw the video broadcast explaining the history and kids were asking many questions of the war and why soldiers burnt down the buildings....More

Thank Vallimml
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a peaceful and beautiful place. Really enjoyed wandering around, it was quite a hot day, but being near water seemed to cool the area down, lots of shade. One of my favourites in Beijing

Thank Jane E
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Place in utter ruins after being set ablazed by the western nations in the 1800s. A great reminder to the Chinese people when you are weak you will be bullied... Great amount of treasures were allegedly plundered. The ruins are stll an impressive sight. One...More

Thank TangCS74
Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

Before you go to the Forbidden City go here on a nice day!!! It is very easy to reach by the subway, but I'll recommend you to take the East Gate entrance further south. Once you enter the park you'll get a really nice view...More

Thank C M
Reviewed 31 October 2017

This is worth a visit... there is a lot of walking and stair climbing but the views of the vista are magnificent.

Reviewed 30 October 2017

Nice piece of relic, beautiful garden and lakes. Best time to visit is Spring. Easily accessible by subway ( Yuangmingyuan station, line 4).

Thank swarnavac2017
Reviewed 30 October 2017

Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) - Welcome to one of the unmissable travel experience in the city of Beijing...

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Reviewed 19 October 2017

This area of ruins is most unusual because it shows 18th century Chinese architecture with a heavy influence of contemporary European design. I was not aware that a cultural exchange at this level was present at that time. Clearly, the builders took European ideas and...More

Thank JerryBigBee
Reviewed 16 October 2017

It is difficult to express what the majesty of the old Palace must have been like - it does take some imagination. But that is true of just about all ruins. Nonetheless, you will enjoy the effort if you like history. If you aren't a...More

Thank Andrew P
Reviewed 29 September 2017

the old summer palace deserves its title - it really is a wonder of the world and prices for ice cream etc. were not rip off as in other countries the people were lovely

Thank bobyouel
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