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


The old summer palace, also called Yuanmingyuan, is the garden for 4 emperors: Yongzheng, Qianlong, Jiaqing, Daoguang and Xianfeng. After 150 years designation, the garden became the most grand and most well-known garden in Chinese history.
The Old Summer Palace enjoyed a good reputation all over the world with its large regional scale, outstanding construction techniques, splendid building complexes, rich cultural collections and profound national culture connotations. The garden inherited the tradition of Chinese royal gardens of more than 3,000 years of history. It featured elegance and luxury of royal architectures, and the gentleness and gorgeousness of gardens in the south of the lower reaches of the Yangtze River. In the meantime, it also learned from the style of European gardens. The overall layout was harmonious and perfect, symbolizing the high level of construction techniques of Chinese ancient gardens.
The Old Summer Palace was a gift for Emperor Kangxi’s fourth son, Yongzheng. At that time, it was outclassed by Changchun Garden. After Yongzheng ascended the throne, he greatly expanded the imperial garden. Unfortunately, owing to the war during the end of the Qing Dynasty, we cannot witness its glory with our eyes, but it can be learned from the literature.


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


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

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

Take Subway Line 4 to Old Summer Palace Station.

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