Beijing Summer Palace, Yiheyuan, China (with Map & Photos)

Used as an imperial garden by various dynasties, the Beijing Summer Palace became a pleasant retreat that the Qing dynasty used to escape the hot summers of the Forbidden City.

Beijing Summer Palace
Beijing Summer Palace

With an area of ​​more than 290 hectares, the Summer Palace is dominated by Kunming Lake, which occupies a third of the land. Around the calm and tranquility transmitted by the lake there are countless temples, palaces and gardens that make up a complete pleasure for the senses.

What to see

The Beijing Summer Palace is very extensive and it would be possible to spend several hours walking to discover each of its corners. Some of the most interesting points are the following:

  • Tower of the fragrance of Buddha: After a vertiginous climb through the steep stairs, the views from the top of the tower make the climb worthwhile.
  • Garden of Virtue and Harmony: The three-story building used as a theater was the stage where the court opera company performed its performances to entertain Empress Cixi. At certain times you can see some traditional performances and dances.
  • Suzhou Street: This pleasant recreation of a commercial street that was built under the orders of Emperor Quianlong is made up of small shops that offer some traditional products and others that are more touristy.
  • Garden of harmonious taste: The beautiful Chinese buildings are reflected in the water while a wild nature envelops everything in this special corner.
  • Grand Gallery: The large covered corridor that runs 728 meters from the Summer Palace is made up of wooden beams decorated with more than 14,000 paintings showing scenes from Chinese history and mythology.

Beijing Summer Palace
Beijing Summer Palace

The nicest place in Beijing

The Beijing Summer Palace is one of the most special places in the city and it is advisable to reserve several hours for your visit. The beautiful buildings of the palace blend with nature to offer visitors a peaceful haven like the one enjoyed by various imperial families in the past.

Beijing Summer Palace Map