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Old Summer Palace (Yuanmingyuan)

Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007, China
+86 10 6255 1488
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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 (1860-1862).
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
Qinghuan West Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100007, China
+86 10 6255 1488
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Reviewed 26 September 2017

Combine it with the New Summer Palace, if you have the time. Nice gardens and lakes, where you can take a boat trip. Ruins are not so impressive.

Thank Ana L
Reviewed 24 August 2017

This is my favourite spot in Beijing. Far less commercial and bustling than the Summer Palace The history is not so good, the Chinese tortures and murdered a peace delegation, and the British destroyed the park in retaliation. If British, you will feel bad about...More

Thank 9raeme
Reviewed 15 August 2017

Quite a lovely spot with lake, pagodas, covered walkways all decorated with ornate paintings. Dragon boat to cross the lake was fun!

Thank LULU22128
Reviewed 31 July 2017 via mobile

Don't expect this to be a whole day activity I would allow maximum 4 hours and that's if your going to hire a boat to go around the lakes. Very pleasant but quite busy (we did go in summer holidays). You can't go into the...More

Thank Crystle2015
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Why is this place become one of the main attraction? Because during 1860 the second opium war between Ching's dynasty and the west, the French and British troops reached the summer palace and conducted extensive looting and destruction, and burned the whole place. Most precious...More

Thank eddyTbd
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

Although there are usually many people in the park there are some places where you can enjoy the nature. Especially beautiful during the lotus season

Thank Albert S
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

Half a day can be spent here walking through the Parkland, taking a boat tour, visiting the ruins of the Old Summer Palace and the Maze. There are basic Restaurants and shops for souvenirs, ice-cream, soft drinks and beer. Beautiful place for visitors to go,...More

Thank Stuart P
Reviewed 22 June 2017

I learnt the hard way that all these parks and palaces in Beijing are better visited in the early morning hours, so I arrived at Yuanmingyuan by 8:30 on a rainy morning in June. I debated on whether to pay for the audioguide, and am...More

1  Thank rosalineoh2015
Reviewed 21 June 2017

As the palace was largely burned down in 1860, what was left was basically a pile of rocks here and there ... the main attraction was the XiYangLou french style ruins and also there is an interesting maze where the goal is to reach the...More

Thank jalee77
Reviewed 12 June 2017

The palace is completely different from all the other palaces and museums when visiting Beijing. The gardens are beautiful and the black swans an absolute treat

Thank Maddie S
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