The Old Summer Palace (圆明园遗址公园)

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The Old Summer Palace blends some architecture styles like the European Revival of Learning era and the Chinese Daoism architectures and perfectly integrates several different architecture styles into one

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Admission: 10 RMB
Opening Hours: Peak Season: 7:00-21:00
Off-season: 7:00-17:30
Phone: +86 10 62543673
Best Time to Visit: April to October
Recommended Time for a Visit: 3 Hours

Description

Originally built in the Kangxi Period of the Qing Dynasty, the Old Summer Palace is a large imperial palace in China. It is located at Haidian, the western suburbs of Beijing and comprised of the Old Summer Palace, Garden of Everlasting Spring, and Garden of Blossoming Spring with a total area of 350 hectares. Emperor Kangxi named it in person and wrote a tablet for it. Here "Yuan" refers to excellent integrity and ethics of persons surpassing the average persons without any defects, "Ming" refers to outstanding political achievements, perfection and wisdom. Therefore, it can be said that the two Chinese characters "Yuan Ming" is an ideal standard of the ancient Chinese open-minded emperors.

Featured Attractions: Surrounded by rivers and mountains, the picturesque Old Summer Palace once carried the excellent garden creation art with a history of more than three thousand years in China, and gathered the famous sceneries in nationwide well-known gardens, so it was not only graceful and elegant as a royal building, but also as charming and attractive as the gardens in the south of the lower reaches of the Yangze River. Meanwhile, the Old Summer Palace also blended some architecture with styles in European Revival of Learning era and the Chinese Daoism architectures and perfectly integrates several different architecture styles into one. The Old Summer Palace was also a comprehensive art treasure and a grand royal museum, because many celebrity calligraphy works, paintings, ancient books, bells and vessels, gold, sliver, jade and other cultural relic were collected and on display here, all of which concentrate China's several thousand years' splendid culture essence.

Map

Address: No. 28, Qinghua west Road, Haidian District, Beijing

Transportation:

East Gate: Take Bus No. 717, 814, Yuntong 105, 205, 982, 957, 562, 365, 432, 664, 681

South Gate: Take Bus No. 319, 320, 331, 432, 438, 498, 601, 626, 628, 664, 696, 697, Te 6

Take Subway Line 4 to Old Summer Palace Station

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