The Summer Palace began construction in 1750 as a luxurious...
The Summer Palace began construction in 1750 as a luxurious garden for royal families to rest and entertain. It eventually became the main residence of royal members in the end of the Qing Dynasty. However, like most of the gardens in Beijing, it was destroyed in a fire set by the Anglo-French Allied Force.
Make time for at least 3 hours to explore the area and feel bewildered by the fact that this massive area was once just for royalty. It’s the most beautiful place I went to in Beijing.
Directions: Take subway line 4 to Beigongmen Station (North Palace Gate) or to Xiyuan Station exit C2 (southwest exit) and walk west to the East Palace Gate.
Hours: April 1 to October 31 6:30am-6:00pm, November 1 to March 31 7:00am-5:00pm