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Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)

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Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)

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Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007 China
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YuanmingyuanBeijing Subway1 min
East Gate of Peking UniversityBeijing Subway12 min
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service
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Skip the Line: Forbidden City Ticket Booking with Optional Guide Service

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Avoid any long lines or printing problems with paperless skip-the-line entry to Beijing’s UNESCO-listed Forbidden City. Simply book in advance, stroll straight to check in, then show your passport to ensure hassle-free admission directly into the ancient complex and enjoy plenty of time to browse the site’s major attractions, including the Gate of Divine Prowess, Dragon Throne, and Palace Museum.
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Stephen C wrote a review Dec. 2020
965 contributions175 helpful votes
If you enjoy walks and pretty gardens, then this is a good place to visit. The grounds are huge and it will take at least 3 hours to do it justice. We came in winter and there were very few visitors as most would opt not to be in the outdoors. One of the highlights was the fact that the lake was frozen and it gives off a different kind of charm. To get to the site of the ruins, it is a 2.5 km walk from the entrance to the site.
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Date of experience: December 2020
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rosegrove77 wrote a review Nov. 2020
Beijing, China225 contributions27 helpful votes
This is a beautiful park and a stunning location. We really enjoyed walking round just as Winter begins to take hold. The park is full of lakes and beautiful bridges and from some points you can see the mountains in the distance. A really lovely walk. The park is huge and we only managed a 3rd of it today. The ruins are interesting if you like that sort of thing.
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Date of experience: November 2020
KW M wrote a review Oct. 2020
Belfast, United Kingdom447 contributions121 helpful votes
Take line 4 to Yuanmingyuan Park Station, follow the signs to the entrance of the parks. 10RMB to get in, then another 15RMB to get into the area with the European style ruins. This is a HUGE place wear good shoes, bring water and be prepared to put some serious millage on your legs before you leave. We were there for a couple of hours and barely saw a third of the place. Sadly, we made the mistake of going there over the October holidays…. literally tens of thousands of people, everywhere. The parks and lakes are very beautiful, they were restored years ago and like all parks in China are outstanding to walk around. The European style ruins are about 1km straight north form the South entrance, as I said, you’ll need to pay an extra 15RMB to get into that area. The ruins are just that, ruins. In their heyday, they were likely beautiful places. Sadly, the whole complex was destroyed by the Brits and French, then raided for building material by locals for many years, tragedy to be honest. It’s an scab that the Chinese keep picking, never to let their hatred of the West heal.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Lau wrote a review Dec. 2019
Singapore, Singapore12 contributions4 helpful votes
Got pickpocketed here as I was buying some stuff from the vendor in the park so please be more careful with your belongings as there isnt many guards her compared to other parts of beijing or shanghai. Appears to have lesser cameras as well. Apart of that, great part and great scenes. Be sure to read up on the park before you come here for some history! Also, do visit the small maze within the park and have some fun!
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Date of experience: December 2019
Harvey K wrote a review Nov. 2019
Greater London, United Kingdom44 contributions13 helpful votes
There are few ruins at the Old Summer Palace, the buildings were destroyed by the foreign barbarians - AKA the English and French. Tragic. Near the entrance, at weekends, it’s busy. But keep walking and there is a HUGE area of lakes and paths to wander round. A lovely place if you want a quiet walk, isolated from the hubbub of Beijing. Very close to Tsinghua University.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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