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Once a summer retreat for emperors, this 290-acre park is still a retreat for the crowd-weary tourist, who can relax here or stroll around ancient pavilions, mansions, temples, bridges and huge lake, stopping occasionally at a shop or tea-house.
The summer palace is slightly different from other palaces in Beijing as it seems that a lot is open to the public so you are able to see congregations of native practising Tai Chi, or the practices that give the palace a new sense of...More
This site is close to Beijing and attracts masses especially over school holidays. It is hot and crowded. A huge complex for which you really need a guide. You can see inside on how the last Emperor and the Dragon lady lived.
This is such a "ZEN" feel place. Peaceful feeling, people enjoying a park like setting, lots of children with parents. Our guide told us a popular place for local Beijing residents to spend a day relaxing. As mentioned our treat was the beautiful black swan...More
Went here on a really hot Friday afternoon. The park was really busy and the heat was intense so those are some things to bare in mind before going. However, the park and lake are extremely picturesque and offer lots of photo opportunities. There is...More
We came in June (summer) when it was quite warm. The water cools you, and you can take a boat across the lake and then take a long walk to enjoy the scenery. There are trees and covered walkways.
You’ll see the bridge, the “marble”...More