Summer Palace, Beijing

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  • Must not Miss this Site

    by DebbieBe Written Mar 27, 2015

    The Summer Palace was all I expected with many places to take the great photos. It is like a Chinese art painting with the captivating lake and beautiful temples dotting the hills. The air in the park is so fresh and the flowers were in bloom all over the park. We booked our trip from a Beijing local tour operator (www.beijingholiday.com ), so we had no idea how much the entrance fee is, but it seemed very cheap, about 20RMB. You will be absolutely amazed at this place, so never miss the park!!

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    Furniture

    by solopes Updated Jan 31, 2015

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    After the disappointment of a quite empty Forbidden City (at least in the visited pavilions), this palace showed us a little more of the old furniture and crafts,allowing a better idea of Chinese arts and traditions

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    Long Corridor

    by machomikemd Written Oct 14, 2014

    The Long Corridor is the famous 3.2 kilometer Concrete Walkway from east gate going to the 17 arch bridge and includes the 700 meter covered walkway that has more than 14,000 paintings. It is connected to the East Causeway. The Long Corridor starts from the Gate for Greeting the Moon (Yao Yue Men) in the east westwards along the northern shore of Kunming Lake. It is similar to the Long Corridor of the Temple of Heaven in the many kinds of paintings depicted but the temple of heaven has less number of paintings.

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    Marble Boat

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 14, 2014

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    the favorite of Empress Dowager Cixi, when it was destroyed by the french in the Second Opium War, she had it rebuilt from the part of the money for the funding of the Chinese Navy! Made in 1750 and was just a wooden boat, it was remade into the two storey Marble Boat after the Second Opium War by Empress Dowager Ci Xi in 1893 using a Western design. The Marble Boat is located in the northwest corner of Kunming Lake and close to the western foot of Longevity Hill at the Summer Palace. It is flanked to the east by Baizhang Pavilion and to the north by Xing Bride and is is 36 meters long, and two stories and eight meters high.

    Admission Fee is: 30 RMB per person for the Summer Palace general admission (RMB 50 for all access admission).

    Additonal 10 RMB for a boat ride along Kunming Lake to and from near the 17 arch bridge.

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    17 Arch Bridge

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 14, 2014

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    one of the attractions and most photographed in the Summer Palace Complex. The 17 arch bridge was made in 1751 by Qing Emperor Quianlong and it connects the eastern shore of Kunming Lake and Nanhu Island in the west. The bridge has a length of of 150 meters (164 yards) and a width of 8 meters (8.75 yards) and is a replica of the famous Marco Polo Bridge near Beijing. The east end of the bridge is connected with Kuoru Pavilion. and a Bronze Ox just stands off the bridge opposite the pavilion. Beside the pavilion and Bronze Ox are the ferryboat wharfs (which we took via a 10 RMB price per person one way).

    Admission Fee is: 30 RMB per person for the Summer Palace general admission (RMB 50 for all access admission).

    Additonal 10 RMB for a boat ride along Kunming Lake to and from near the 17 arch bridge.

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    Assorted Views around the Complex

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 14, 2014

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    different views of the Summer Palace Complex from different angles as you can have tons of pictures and videos to take while going around the Summer Palace Complex. Besides the Kunming Lake and the various Walkways, bridges and arch around the Summer Palace, you can also go inside the many halls here like the Dehe Garden, Tower of Buddhist Incense, Wenchang Hall, Suzhou Street and Danning Hall and the Marble Boat and Bronze Ox and other attractions and take more photos and videos.

    It is one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites in China and open to the public from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm everyday.

    Admission Fee is: 30 RMB per person for the Summer Palace general admission (RMB 50 for all access admission).

    Additonal 10 RMB for a boat ride along Kunming Lake to and from near the 17 arch bridge.

    the Buddhist Temple bridge tower the temple in panorama the 17 arch bridge
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    the Kunming Lake Ferry Boats

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 14, 2014

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    for travellers who don't want to walk the 3 kilometer long walkway from exit a to b near the famous 17 Arch Bridge going to the South Lake Island. you can ride one of the many wooden ferry boats and the boat station lies just beside the famous Marble Boat made by Empress Dowager Ci Xi and the exit station is a few steps away from the 17 arch bridge. From here you can go to South Lake Island and Bronz Ox and the other attractions nearby.

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    the cost is 10 RMB a ride per person

    the Boat Ride Stations are Open from 7:00 am to 4:30 pm everyday

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    Kunming Lake

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 14, 2014

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    the artificial lake made which was originally a reservoir of water built in 1291 AD for Beijing and was converted into a lake for the pleasure of the Qin emperors. The Kunming lake comprises about 70% of the 300 hectares or so of the Summer Palace and is copied from the famous West Lake of Hangzhou near Shanghai. The lake has many attractions like the Seventeen-Arch Bridge, Bronze Ox, Nanhu Island, Hall of Embracing the Universe, Spacious Pavilion, Pavilion of Bright Scenery, Marble Boat, Suzhou Market Street and the East Causeway of the lake is connected to the West Causeway by Long Gallery, which both were interspersed with pavilions, bridges and wharfs.

    It is one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites in China and open to the public from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm everyday.

    Admission Fee is: 30 RMB per person for the Summer Palace general admission (RMB 50 for all access admission).

    Additonal 10 RMB for a boat ride along Kunming Lake to and from near the 17 arch bridge.

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    Summer Palace Overview

    by machomikemd Updated Oct 14, 2014

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    the Summer Palace, the summer retreat of the Qing Emperors originally was a Small palace along the Wang Hill built by Jin Dynasty emperor Wányán Liàng in 1130 ad when he moved the Capital North in Beijing. It was remodeled and extended by the Qing Dynasty Quianlong Emperor in 1750 and the now famous Kunming Lake was made (it imitated the famous Hangzhou Westlake near Shanghai) and it now occupies an area of 300.59 hectares (742.8 acres) which are divided into the Court Area, Front Hill Area, Rear Hill Area and Lake Area. It has four gates of entry, the North Gate, East Gate, South Gate and West Gate. It was destroyed twice in the 18th and 19th century by the Western European Nations who did punitive expeditions to Beijing. It is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China and is located 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing.

    It is one of the Unesco World Heritage Sites in China and open to the public from 6:30 am to 5:00 pm everyday.

    Admission Fee is: 30 RMB per person for the Summer Palace general admission (RMB 50 for all access admission)or additonal RMB 5 for admission to Dehe Garden, 10 RMB for Tower of Buddhist Incense, 20 RMB for Wenchang Hall, 10 RMB for Suzhou Street and Danning Hall.

    Additonal 10 RMB for a boat ride along Kunming Lake to and from near the 17 arch bridge.

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    Doors

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    Even with the strength of an exterior door or the glittering colors of the decorative doors, they are a detail where Chinese art is always in evidence.

    Any cultural reason? Maybe!

    I didn't heard or read anything about it.

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    Changlang

    by solopes Updated Jan 5, 2014

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    In the wonderful complex of the Summer Palace, we may see a 730 meters long corridor, that someone told me it is in the Guinness Book of Records as the longest in the world.

    I don't know if that is correct, but I know that it is that long, and carefully painted in detail. Scene after scene, you walk along it like in a museum, and may "read" a sort of comic book revealing many aspects of the royal and Chinese life, registered in about 14000 pictures.

    A very beautiful detail of the complex!

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    Beautiful Complex

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    After the disappointment of the Forbidden City, this visit was a pleasant surprise.

    All the complex is harmonious and varied, with the lake enhancing the beauty of each spot, and inviting for a trip in one of those characteristic dragon boats.

    We had no time (the visit was focused in the highlights), but we enjoyed the scenery as well.

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    The madness of excessive power

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    &S4You will hear the story of empress Cixi, that used the money available to build a naval fleet to build... a marble boat. The war was lost (of course) but she won an extra decoration in her luxurious garden.

    The boat is beautiful, but, looking at it, I wonder: using that money, how big would the fleet be? Maybe so small that it would fatally end in the bottom of the sea.
    Well, that's Cixi's only excuse!

    Another VTer (lozolo) corrected me, explaining that the spent budget was used to build the whole garden and not only the marble boat. It makes sense, but the mistake is already generalized in guides and many sites in internet. Anyway, it's just an economic difference, the insanity remains...

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    Tower of Buddhist Incense

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    Being in a package has a few advantages but many inconveniences!
    I loved the visit of Summer Palace, but the couple of hours that we had were not enough. I'm not the kind of tourist that needs to know in place the detailed history of each piece and figure, or to have a picture of everything in all angles, but, being in place and skipping lots of interesting points is disgusting.

    I saw this tower from distance and wished to go there, but... no time. In my trip, it only played the role of a nice image composing the scene. A pity.

    Reading about it I found that behind it there was the "Sea of Wisdom" with about 1000 Buddhist sculptures. Damn! Couldn't we have just one more hour?

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    The Lake

    by solopes Updated Dec 17, 2013

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    The big lake by the summer palace is really very beautiful - nature and men combine well with temples and boats surrounded by flowers inviting to a trip.

    We didn't do it, but most people couldn't skip it.

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