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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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Phone Number: +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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The Summer Palace used to be a beautiful garden of the emperor of China.But in 1860, the old Summer Palace was burnt in the British and French troops in the battle.Nowadays,all we... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Salida, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Thank Paul C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The goal of this garden was visionary for the time, and the damage that was done so long ago but left to remain as a reminder of those times is impressive. The goals and ambitions of past leaders with the remnants left as a reminder of times gone wrong have dep meaning.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Summer Palace used to be a beautiful garden of the emperor of China.But in 1860, the old Summer Palace was burnt in the British and French troops in the battle.Nowadays,all we can see is in ruins.I can image the beautiful fountain before from the stone on the ground.Some of the building we can see now is rebuild.I like the... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting to see this a bit out of the way place- we had a hot but lovely day- croweded in July- heard about the marble boats- should have funded the navy but. . . great views of the mountains.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

Just as beautiful as the new palaces, just not reconstructed thanks to the French/english kindly burnt it all down. A less popular place but wonderfully peaceful and worth the trip if you're already seeing the newer summer palaces.

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

Unlike the new Summer Palace where it does look like one, the old one is more like a big big garden with lots of roads for visitors to walk along, you'll find black swans there which is rare to see in many parts of the world. You will also find a little western vibes there because of the ruins done... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

Pretty, peaceful park. Interesting sights too, but mostly just a green, peaceful oases. If you're in Beijing for a short period of time, then definitely go for the 'new' Summer Palace as it's much more eye-catching, although this place is nice too.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

I really enjoyed my visit here - much quieter than summer palace. We took a picnic and found a nice shady place to sit - the old palace built by the Jesuits is in shambles but that's interesting also. You can take a boat ride through the canals and over the lake - lovely spot!

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