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The Summer Palace

The Summer PalaceThe Summer Palace lies about 20 km northwestern outskirts of Beijing, it is up to now the best preserved and the largest imperial gardens in China.

In 1153, the Emperor of the Jin Dynasty Wan Yanliang built a temporary palace here called the "Garden of Golden Waters" as his summer resort.

In 1888, the Empress Dowager Ci'xi decided to spend the money originally earmarked for the Chinese Navy and rebuilt the garden, she herself gave it its present name of Yi He Yuan (Garden of Cultivated Harmony), and the Chinese inscription of the name was written in Emperor Guangxu's handwriting.

Since then, the Empress Dowager Ci'xi started to spend every summer here and had it restored after it was damaged again in 1900. Hence the name, the Summer Palace.

The Summer PalaceThe main features of the Summer Palace are Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill. Like most imperial palaces in China, the Summere Palace is divided into three parts: Halls for political affairs, living quarters and religious buildings.

The most important structures of the Summer Palace is: Painting Walkway, the longest walkway in the Chinese gardens with altogether over 14,000 traditional Chinese paintings on the beams and crossbeams. Marble Boat, which was built for the 50th birthday celebration of Empress Dowager Ci'x, and where can enjoy the hazy scene over the lake in rainy days.

The Garden of Harmonious Interests, The Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, Hall of Jade Billows, The Hall of Dispelling Clouds, Tower of Buddist Incense, The 17-Arch Bridge, Bronze Ox ...

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About Summer Palace

-- The Covered Walkway & the Marble Boat
-- The Garden of Harmonious Interests
-- Historical Overview
-- East Palace Gate
-- The Hall of Benevolence and Longevity
-- Hall of Jade Billows
-- Garden of Virtuous Harmony
-- The Hall of Joyful Longevity

-- The Covered Walkway
-- The Hall of Dispelling Clouds
-- Tower of Buddist Incense
-- The Marble Boat
-- The 17-Arch Bridge
-- Bronze Ox
-- The Rear Hill and Rear Lake
-- A Bridge over Garden Waters

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Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven & Summer Palace Small Group TourCool --- from US$34
Classic city small group tour, visit Beijing's highlight attractions to touch the face of the metropolitan city on this one-day tour. Departure: daily.

Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace Small Group Tour --- from US$30
This one-day bus tour includes visits to the most famous section of the great wall + royal garden. Departure: daily.

Summer Palace Half Day Private Tour --- from US$34
This half day private tour covers the trip to Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Summer Palace, Beijing Panda House and Capital Museum Private Day Tour --- from US$49
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Temple of Heaven & the Summer Palace 1 Day Private Tour --- from US$51
One day private tour package covers the trip to the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

Badaling Great Wall & Summer Palace Private Day Tour --- from US$52
Badaling Great Wall, the most popular site, Summer Palace is the largest imperial garden of Qing dynasty, enjoy this one day private tour package.

Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace 1 Day Private Tour --- from US$53
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Highlight one day private tour covers the trip to 3 of the 6 major sites in Beijing. Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace.

Lama Temple, Summer Palace & Beijing Zoo Private Day Tour --- from US$56
Visit Lama Temple, Summer Palace and Beijing Zoo, enjoy this 1 day private tour package.

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Classic one day private tour package covers the trip to the Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, enjoy your own car or van with your own tour guide and driver.

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Classic city small group tour, visit Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace, after tour, watch the night show.

2-Day Beijing Group Tour Package A+Airport Transfer --- from US$70
1 day Badaling Great Wall & Ming tombs group tour.
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1 day Mutianyu Great Wall and Underground Palace (Dingling)small group tour.
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Daily Departure Small Group Tours.
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The 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven.

Beijing Highlight 2-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$107
The 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Ming Tombs (Dingling), Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace.

Beijing Classic 2-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$107
The 2-day private tour package covers the trip to the attractions: Badaling Great Wall, Ming Tombs, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City (Including the Hall of Clocks and Watches and the Treasure Hall) , Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace.

3-Day Special Beijing Private Tour Package --- from US$132
3-day private tour package covers airport transfer and the trip to the attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City.

Beijing Popular 4-Day Private Tour Package --- from US$148
4-day private tour package covers airport transfer & the trip to the attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Mutianyu Great Wall and Hutong Tour.

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4-day private tour package covers airport transfer & the trip to the attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Hutong Tour, Ming Tombs (Dingling) and Summer Palace.

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