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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 4 days ago

I learnt the hard way that all these parks and palaces in Beijing are better visited in the early morning hours, so I arrived at Yuanmingyuan by 8:30 on a rainy morning in June. I debated on whether to pay for the audioguide, and am...More

Thank rosalineoh2015
Reviewed 5 days ago

As the palace was largely burned down in 1860, what was left was basically a pile of rocks here and there ... the main attraction was the XiYangLou french style ruins and also there is an interesting maze where the goal is to reach the...More

Thank jalee77
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The palace is completely different from all the other palaces and museums when visiting Beijing. The gardens are beautiful and the black swans an absolute treat

Thank Maddie S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have taught Chinese Studies for the past 15 years but decided to take my students on Jeremiah's walking tour this year when we visited the Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) because his tours had gotten such great reviews. We were not disappointed at all. Jeremiah...More

Thank jcolleenb
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our group of 8 (age range 7-53) enjoyed our informative tour of the Summer Palace with May from China Highlights. May was very informative about the history of the Dragon Lady was amazing. We wish we had more time to spend and to end the...More

Thank Bonaries
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Such a huge place, I feel like half a day wasn't enough to cover the entire area. The views there were amazing. We walked around so much and there were still more to see. Will definitely plan to be here earlier if I ever make...More

Thank adandydud
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I can go on and on but just the sheer size of Beijing does not seem possible especially when you see how many people there are and how many sites there are to take in. We also did a Hutong Tour; ate Peking Duck but...More

Reviewed 11 May 2017 via mobile

I just loved it. I got there before seven and was first through the gate. Best time of the day as by eleven it got busy. I did the maze which was a challenge. Some nice Chinese guy helped me get out with directions from...More

2  Thank PerthGirl50
Reviewed 4 May 2017

The architecture and all its paintings is impressive. I spent a whole day there. Very crowded. Worth a visit but wouldn't go back. Similar to other Temples around China but wayyy bigger.

Thank frederiquelaniel93
Reviewed 30 April 2017

This is the place where 3 of the Emperors lived and worked during summer seasons. A must see and experienced the way those emperors spent their time in a very relaxed and country like environment. Strongly advised that you board the boat (around $10) then...More

1  Thank mtjpoon
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Rhianna G
Is this open on Saturdays?
25 December 2016|
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Response from carmelrg | Reviewed this property |
Yes I'm sure it's open every day