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Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)

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Address: Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007, China
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+86 10 6255 1488
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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Located only a few hundred meters from the existing Summer Palace, these...

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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Wonderful way to spend a Saturday or Sunday

Loved climbing right to the top and exploring all the interesting temples. Walking back down through the gardens and along the semi-frozen lake. Cant wait to go back when it is a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My boyfriend and I love exploring this park, it offers lots of off the beaten path walkways and you can climb over hills and through trees. We haven't gone into the historical section yet, and haven't be able to explore the entirety of the park yet, but our two visits led us to new places. It's great for an hour... More 

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved climbing right to the top and exploring all the interesting temples. Walking back down through the gardens and along the semi-frozen lake. Cant wait to go back when it is a bit warmer!

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live in Beijing, so naturally I took the subway line 4 which drops you by the South Gate Entrance. If you want to JUST see the Ruins, GO TO THE EAST ENTRANCE. or else you will have to walk through endless lakes for about 30mn before you reach the ruins. Only after I was about to exit through the... More 

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Ende, Indonesia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I kind of disgrace this place but i do appreciate the history of this places. Back than some acculturation happen here, Jesuit Priest help Kangxi Emperor to build a mechanical clock pond, it is 24 hour, represents by 12 chinese zodiac. each hour those zodiac were sprouting the water. So sad british army demolish all of it. Nothing really good... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

It is an okay place to visit if you are interested in the history of it. The gift shop is very cheap and overall it was a nice walk around, it would not be easy if you are disabled or have a pushchair as a lot of the ground was uneven.

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016 via mobile

Been there yesterday with my 8 years old boy. Managed to walk around 2 Parks & the biggest pond in the middle of the park. It's a nice place to see the ruins & stroll along. But we have to use mask throughout the walk due to the very bad air quality. There were buggy car to travel from one... More 

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Beijing, China
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

When the invading foreign armies pillaged the old Summer Palace, they left their savage mark upon this city's inhabitants. The ruins were kept as they were left, just as a reminder for the future of China. Nowadays, a 3-D computer-aided guide (I left before it was made available) gives visitors a view of the former splendor of this site. But... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 November 2016

Old Summer Palace is also a famous scenic spot in Beijing. The Summer Palace used to be a beautiful garden of the emperor of China. But The Allied forces invaded Beijing and burned the Old Summer Palace. The precious belongings of Old Summer Palace were looted. Now I come here can only see the remains of history left, but I... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

I'm a high school history teacher and the pictures and stories that I relate to my students are always a high point of our unit on China. Be prepared to walk and willing to take many pictures. This is a must if you are in Beijing.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

Described in one guide as worth a detour, we visited on a day when the first snow of winter had fallen. It is a place of melancholic beauty and one can imagine how it looked before the destruction. Visiting on a low pollution day gave a great view of the mountains.

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