The Summer Palace in Beijing is a great place to wander around and soak up history. It's a marvel of lakes, bridges, gardens, pavilions, temples, corridors and much more. Chinese emperors enjoyed the beauty of it every summer. We only had a couple of hours, but enjoy we did. I particularly loved the colourful ceilings and the views of Kunming Lake (misty and mysterious on the day we visited) and of Longevity Hill, also shrouded in mist. The Long Corridor now shields visitors from the elements, our happy selves included. It's packed at times, so come early. There's no discount; entrance price is fixed. No place for strollers; the palace was built in 1749 - ground is uneven in places. There’s no dress code; it’s a park. Believe there's a gift shop.