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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
+86 10 6254 3673
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Reviewed February 9, 2018

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

Thank Ronald O
Reviewed February 3, 2018 via mobile

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

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Reviewed February 1, 2018

Include The Old Summer Palace on your schedule if you have time when you visit Beijing. Lovely setting.

Thank Andrew C
Reviewed January 27, 2018

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

Thank Joycelyn T
Reviewed January 24, 2018

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

1  Thank Myo M
Reviewed January 15, 2018 via mobile

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

Thank Wiccaoflight
Reviewed December 31, 2017

This imperial park, which contained a complex of buildings designed by Western architects, has been deliberately kept as a ruin since it was destroyed by English and French troops in the nineteenth century. It's not as famous as the (New) Summer Palace, but well worth...More

Thank DrGoldin
Reviewed December 5, 2017

This place is such a beauty if only the buildings were still intact. There is so much left to the imagination. We saw the video broadcast explaining the history and kids were asking many questions of the war and why soldiers burnt down the buildings....More

Thank Vallimml
Reviewed November 15, 2017

Such a peaceful and beautiful place. Really enjoyed wandering around, it was quite a hot day, but being near water seemed to cool the area down, lots of shade. One of my favourites in Beijing

Thank Jane E
Reviewed November 11, 2017

Place in utter ruins after being set ablazed by the western nations in the 1800s. A great reminder to the Chinese people when you are weak you will be bullied... Great amount of treasures were allegedly plundered. The ruins are stll an impressive sight. One...More

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