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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
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
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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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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... read more

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

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 18 November 2016

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 13 November 2016

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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