A famous royal summer palace built at Qing Dynasty. there are five gates entering the palace from which the eastern gate is the most popular to tourists. However, you need to climb up to the hill if you enter from northern gate that should give you different an experience. It's worth to spent whole day to immerse yourself in the hidden stories of the Qing imperial family, and to appoint an experienced local guide if possible.
My favourite place in Beijing!! Ive been twice and would go again in a heartbeat. I go through the northern entrance to see the back palaces. then head towards the temple of buddhist incense which has a back entrance, then head down to the lake and go to the island. amazing time. took me about 3-4 hours each time. not great food there, would suggestto bring your own.
Going to summer palace requires one to have a lot of energy because of climbing up and down plus walking. Summer Palace offers a lot of activities while in the mountain such as boating and others. It is also important to rent an audio set to fully understand its history in whatever language you’re comfortable with, because going there without understanding its history, wont let you appreciate its unique beauty behind it.
I spent 5 and a half hours walking around the Summer Palace and I still didnt get to see everything - that is how massive the Summer Palace is. its like a huge national park and a MUST SEE! But make sure to wear comfotable walking shoes! The Summer Palace is a place thats great for relaxing, hiking and even jogging! If I lived in Beijing this would be my weekend relaxing spot!
The Summer Palace, the imperial garden of the Qing Dynasty in China, formerly known as the Qingyi Garden, is located in the western suburbs of Beijing. The Summer Palace is a landscape garden based on the West Lake of Hangzhou and drawing on the design techniques of gardens in the south of the Yangtze River. It is also the most complete imperial palace and imperial garden preserved. It has the reputation of "Royal Garden Museum". In spring, the weather in Beijing is rare and good on the first day after the cold air passes. The sky is blue, flowers are in full bloom, and the Summer Palace is picturesque and lingering.