- Travel Guide
- - 798 Art District
- - Beihai Park
- - Beijing Folklore Museum
- - Beijing Hutong
- - Beijing Industrial Arts Museum
- - Beijing Museum of Natural History
- - Beijing Museum of Traditional Operas
- - Beijing National Stadium
- - Beijing Police Museum
- - Beijing Zoo
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- - CCTV Tower
- - China National Film Museum
- - Chinese Aviation Museum
- - Eastern Qing Mausoleum
- - Forbidden City
- - Fragrant Hill Park
- - Great Wall Hiking
- - Guozijian
- - Jingshan Park
- - Military Museum
- - Nanshan Ski Resort
- - National Center for the Performing Arts
- - Tanzhe Temple
- - Temple of Heaven
- - The Drum and Bell Towers
- - The Ming Tombs
- - The Summer Palace
- - The Temple of Earth
- - The Tiananmen Square
- - The White Cloud Taoist Temple
- - Yushengtang Traditional Chinese Medicine Museum
- - Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site
Situated in western outskirts of Beijing, the summer palace, named as Qingyiyuan, covers an area of 290 hectares, three quarters of which is made up of shallow lakes.
The history of the Summer Palace dates back about 800 years to the Jin Dynasty. Twice sacked by foreign armies in 1860s and 1900s, the Palace was twice rebuilt by the indefatigable Empress Cixi. From then on the summer palace became an important political center of the Qing dynasty.
With Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill as her main body, imitating to the landscape of West Lake in Hangzhou, the summer palace is a large-scale imperial garden full of traditional Chinese garden arts. Moreover, the summer palace is the last and also the only one existing imperial garden.
As the perfect combination of all Chinese garden design skills, the summer palace can nearly show every single type of Chinese garden to the tourists.
Among the ancient architectures in the garden, the Covered walkway, Tower of Buddhist Incense, the Marble Boat, the 17-Arch Bridge and Grand Theatre are the most famous ones and well known to visits both home and abroad.In December 1998,UNESCO ranked the Summer Palace in its World Heritage List, namely, it declared the Summer Palace as "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design".
The summer palace consists of three major parts according to different use. They are the political area, living area and the area for amusement. The main building of the political area is Ren Shou Tang, which is the palace for Empress Dowager Ci'xi and Emperor Guangxu to handle state affairs and receive foreign envoys. The living area primarily consists of Le Shou Tanng and Yu Lan Tang. It was used to be the living area for Empress Dowager Ci'xi, Emperor Guangxu znd his concubines. And the Covered Walkway, Rear Hill and Rear Lake were used as large areas for the imperial family to relax.
Ting Li Guan, where the Dowager Empress watched opera, is now a restaurant serving dishes cooked with the recipes from the royal kitchen. This place attracts a great many of celebrated people. Among them, Queen Elizabeth, Henry Kissinger, George Schultz and Tanaka visited the restaurant when they came to china.
1. The peak season for visiting is from April to October and Sunny day offers you the best lake scenery.
2. It is better for tourists to wear comfortable shoes for a long walk.
3. Most sights provide tourists with ancient costume; you can rent them to take photos with your own camera.
Traffic: About 20 buses go to Yiheyuan from all parts of Beijing, stopping at the park's east, north or south gate. These include buses No. 301, 303, 332, 374, 375, 726, 826, 801 and 808;
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Highlights: The Forbidden City, Short Hutong Tour in Xicheng District, The Mutianyu Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace