Long before most of the beautiful architectures are built by just human hands with probably a small sculpture tool and those massive structures were erected using elephants. Even though it's a normal man's effort, it has always been built for kings & queens. Be it a safeguard place or a place to spend the leisure time, most of that with amazing details are for the kings. You can say that just by hearing the name of this monument in Beijing, called the summer palace; which obviously a leisure place for the king to spend during summers. It was built well planned and has such a elegance. The first day you can first have a visit in here, by taking a public transportation or in our case, that we took a taxi. If at all you are going in here during the holidays, have a check in the 点评 app or 美图 app. Most of the ticket sales and bookings are happening thro' them these days.
Followed by it, on the second day just curious about another similar place called the Old summer palace or the Imperial gardens (圆明园). But here it's mostly the remains of the previous one, if you love walking in a neat garden then go for it.
The last & 3rd day is a bit of history and food exploration day; as we went on to visit the Drum and Bell tower where it's perfectly designed to hear after some miles apart. Then go on to thr Houhai lake area for some amazing food feast. #qingmingtravel #urbanexplorer #beijingtravel
Easy to get to by subway. There is quite a lot of walking and the hike to the top of Longevity Hill can be a challenge depending on which path you take. You could easily spend the whole day there if you enjoy the park setting. #wintergetaway
The Summer Palace. The Royal Garden is worth visiting in spring, summer, autumn and winter!
Especially the golden light through the winter solstice. ☀️The transportation is extremely convenient. Both buses and subways are available, and tickets are cheap.👍🏻
In the early winter, the West Bank of the Summer Palace and Kunming West Lake under the warm sun.
At this moment, half is quiet, half is appreciation, reeds, remnants, swaying branches ..., heavy human history, highlighting the quiet beauty of winter in the royal gardens among the lakes and mountains.
Note: By bus or self-driving from the West Gate of the Summer Palace, there are few people and it is quiet. Take a slow walk on the Xidi or Kunming West Lake to enjoy the lakes and mountains here.
Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing, the Summer Palace is a Unesco World Heritage site that used to be the palace and garden of the emperors of the Qing Dynasty. It is the largest and most well preserved royal park in China. Construction of the palace began in 1750 and it served as a residential and entertainment area for the royal members. The palace underwent two major reconstructions after suffering damages during invasions by the Anglo-French Allied Forces and the Eight-Power Allied Forces during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Summer Palace can be divided into three sectors: a political activity area centered at the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity; an empress living area concentrated around the Hall of Jade Billows and Hall of Joy and Longevity; and a tour route concentrated along the long corridor, rear hill, and the west sector.