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Beijing Old Summer Palace Admission Ticket
from USD 4.50*
Beijing Old Summer Palace Admission Ticket
from USD 4.50*
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Located only a few hundred meters from the existing Summer Palace, these ruins used to be a grand palace and park built under the Qing emperors in the 18th century, but was later destroyed by French and British troops during the Second Opium War...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007, China
+86 10 6254 3673
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I passed by the Old Summer Palace in 1994 and wanted to make a visit....then you could see the neglected ruins and it looked interesting. It seems that now the ruins have all been neatly cleared up and stacked alongside the surrounding walls and the...More

Thank historickiter
Reviewed 23 August 2018

The Old Summer Palace might be worth a short visit if you plan to be nearby or you're particularly interested in palaces. Unfortunately, the buildings are mostly ruins spread out across the complex. The gardens are nice, but neither element compares to the Summer Palace.

Thank Billykuerten
Reviewed 22 August 2018

As lotus flowers open early in the morning and close by mid-day, we arrived at the ticketing office a few minutes before the opening. It was my last day during my private tour. Outside the gate there were many kinds of lotus flowers cultivated in...More

Thank RayParks
Reviewed 7 August 2018

It is a beautiful garden with lots of foliage and lake to enjoy the cool summer. A relaxing a walk in the park if you have the time. The audio guide provided some history about the garden. Unfortunately the direction is mostly in Chinese and...More

Thank Elisha A
Reviewed 17 July 2018 via mobile

This is the best time to see the lotus in blossom and in Beijing there are several parks that you may enjoy in this season, however we spent a Sunday in the park that in English is called the old summer palace. You have to...More

1  Thank iristaletta
Reviewed 6 July 2018

As the site of a former imperial garden, Yuanmingyuan is a beautiful travel destination. You could easily spend hours walking around the palace grounds. Although there were less flowers on the main trail than I had hoped for, there were plenty of trees, bushes and...More

Thank Wander-n-BounTEA
Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

Lord Elgin certainly has much to answer for. To the Greeks their Marbles, to the the Chinese, their Summer Palace (now the Old Summer Palace). To heritage - shame. The dark side of Colonialism. The vast expanse of these ruins pays tribute to what was...More

2  Thank Nigel G
Reviewed 24 May 2018

A good 'no-tour needed' spot in BJ. Very easy to find as it's right next to a subway station(same name) and cheap entry is even cheaper if you show your student card(10RMB). You'll want to keep walking around, even when it's 38 degrees, as there's...More

1  Thank CaiAlexWills
Reviewed 14 May 2018 via mobile

This place was better than the summer palace. So much more to see and much nicer scenery. It’s deffo worth spending a day here.

Thank I_wander_asia
Reviewed 1 May 2018

The YuanmingYuan Subway exit is right beside the entrance to the old Summer Palace. It cost 25 RMB to get in. I was the only westerner there with about 100,000 Chinese. I was there 5 hours from about 11:30 – 4:30 p.m. The place was...More

Thank MarkH4452
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