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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
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If you only have time to go to one or other of the summer palace ruins complexes, then make it the New Summer Palace. However there's plenty to see here, too, and the Western side can be remarkably quiet, even in the peak season. A...More
It's a cool place. It's different from other sites in Beijing. The place is built around the ruins of the Summer Palace, which was destroyed by British troops during the Second Opium War (who knew?). The ruins are cool, and the grounds are lovely. Worth...More
Went during CNY $25 RNB to enter gives you access to the park , the gardens and the small scale model of the park, to appreciate it you would need a full day to be able to go around the whole park it is huge....More
I visited this site expecting a lot. I love history and especially enjoy seeing ruins. The Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan) has a lot of potential to be a major attraction. That said, the grounds were unkept. Signage was poor and much of the place showed...More
If you do have sufficient time in your visit to Beijing and if you do love history, here is a place you should go.
If not it is just like a stroll in a park.
This place is a sad place especially when you see...More
We were at Summer Palace the day before we visited the Old Summer Palace, and we were face with the vast differences of the 2.
Often we can find ourselves alone in any part of the palace as if we were the only ones exploring....More
I got both holes punched on my ticket (one for the Ruins & one for the Miniature Model which are the "main things" to see at this place) unlike at Summer Palace where I had one hole left unpunched (but that ticket has five holes...More
The park houses the ruins of the old summer palace which is worthwhile visiting- they are well preserved and the maze is a sight to behold. There is also lakes and multiple gardens which make the park a good place to spend the day. Bear...More