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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

Daily April–October 6:30am–6pm; November–March 7am–5pm
19 Xinjiangongmen Road, Beijing

The Basics

Due to its historical importance and popularity, the Summer Palace is included in nearly all guided tours of Beijing. Though you could easily spend a half-day at the Summer Palace, it’s also possible to visit the palace, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, and the Temple of Heaven all in a single day. Other tour options might include the Summer Palace and Mutianyu Great Wall, or the Summer Palace and Lama Temple.

While general admission grants entry to the main palace complex, including the Long Corridor and Longevity Hill, some individual attractions have an additional cost, such as the Garden of Virtue and Harmony, the Tower of Buddhist Incense, Wenchang Gallery, and the Hall of Serenity.

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All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
$188.00 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great Wall Tour
Our guide SUSAN was more than fantastic. She was so personable and informative. She has a great command of the English language. We had such a fun day with her. The Wall was a once in a lifetime experience. The private tour we set up was perfect for our group of 6, including 2 kids. We spent the right amount of time everywhere.
Michelle_S, Apr 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Beijing

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We were picked up on time at our...
crazylabs2, Feb 2018
Small-Group Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace Tour with Lunch
We were picked up on time at our hotel. The car was clean and newer. Our tour guide spoke perfect English, was very knowledgeable and freely shared his knowledge with us. The restaurant he took us to for lunch served the tastiest food we had our entire time in Beijing. Great experience that we highly recommend!
star-5
Had a great guide with enough...
Steve M, Aug 2017
All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
Had a great guide with enough knowledge to talk all day. He did however know when enough was said and be quiet. The meal in the local restaurant was exceptional and vehicle was clean, roomy and quiet. The wall was amazing and the tobogganing down form the mountain was fun. Leave as early as as you can to avoid crowds and queues.
star-5
William was great! He was very...
David K, Sep 2016
Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden
William was great! He was very accommodating and knowledgable. His English was extremely good. The van was clean. They had room for me to bring my luggage. At the end of the tour, he wrote down instructions for a taxi driver for me to get me to the right terminal at the right airport. The Summer Palace and Lama Temple were well worth seeing! Loved watching the Pandas! The only part of the tour that doesn't earn 5 stars was the silk and pearl factories.
star-5
Fabulous day and exactly as...
Vincent P, Oct 2016
Private Full-Day Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Tour with Dragon Boat Ride from Beijing
Fabulous day and exactly as advertised, no 'surprise shops' en route or no tourist trap trying to sell you sometime extra. The transportation was clean and comfortable and the logistic was excellent. We had sunny day with blue sky at the great wall which made the tour even better!
star-5
Great tour, very information about...
rizzo2255, Apr 2016
Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
Great tour, very information about every thing we saw, the tour guide Jackie Lee was really professional and knew alot about the area. Clean bus we rode in. Would recommend this tour highly
star-5
I really enjoyed this tour! Robert...
Chelsea C, Mar 2017
Private Classic Beijing Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and Summer Palace
I really enjoyed this tour! Robert was amazing, very knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I learned a lot about each place we passed, he explained everything very well. He was also very patient with us taking pictures, and he is also very good photographer! The tour bus was clean, spacious and comfortable. The driver, William, picked us up and dropped us off right where we needed to be. Overall a very worthwhile tour! I strongly recommend.
star-4
Had a very pleasant day. Alice was...
ggonzalez, Apr 2017
All Inclusive Mutianyu Great Wall and Summer Palace Private Day Tour
Had a very pleasant day. Alice was very knowledgeable and attentive. The car was clean and comfortable, lunch was excellent. Definitely worth taking the toboggan ride down.
star-5
A compact trip that brought us to...
snowflakes16, Aug 2015
Beijing Classic Full-Day Tour including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, Summer Palace and Temple of Heaven
A compact trip that brought us to see all the must see and must do of Beijing. Our guide was friendly, animated, although we did have a bit of difficulty understanding her when she spoke too fast at times. The bus was clean and comfortable.
star-4
Excellent value for money. The local...
nimblemike, Jun 2013
Beijing Historical Tour II including Summer Palace, Lama Temple & Panda Garden
Excellent value for money. The local tour company rang me at the hotel to let me know what time they would pick me up and they were bang on time, which is very surprising considering Beijing traffic. The tour guide spoke excellent English and the bus was very clean and air conditioned.
star-5
Better than we thought
clewis819, Dec 2019
Summer Palace and Temple Of Heaven Private Tour
Our tour guide Helena of Leo's tour was fun and knowledgeable. Both places had more to see and know than we thought. We were well taken care of
star-4
Great Private Day Tour in Beijing
Gail828, Nov 2019
Private Day Trip of Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Summer Palace
Had a fantastic day out in Beijing visiting most of the highlights - sadly the Forbidden City & T Square were closed due to an event but this did not deter from me having a great time in a fantastic city. Driver and guide were both lovely and very professional/helpful throughout the day - would definitely use again on future visits...
star-5
Beautiful
emid429, Nov 2019
Beijing Summer Palace Admission Ticket
Of all the places we visited in Beijing, this was by far our favourite. There was so much to see with lots of variety plus quiet places away from all the crowds. The views from the top across the lake are absolutely stunning, a must see.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Summer Palace is a must-see for history buffs and first-time visitors.

  • Wear comfortable shoes; a palace visit involves a lot of walking, some of it over uneven surfaces.

  • Book a guided tour to avoid waiting in long entry lines, particularly during high season or Chinese national holidays.

  • The main entrances and most palace attractions are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

It’s easy to get to the Summer Palace by subway; take Line 4 to North Gate station or Line 10 to South Gate station. Numerous public buses also stop at the palace’s three entrances.

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When to Get There

Due to its popularity among both Chinese and international tourists, the Summer Palace can get quite crowded during Chinese national holidays and the peak summer season (July and August). Visit first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds.

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Boating on Kunming Lake

Don’t leave the Summer Palace without taking a boat ride on Kunming Lake. Short cruises depart from the Marble Boat and take visitors past Nanhu Island, the Bronze Ox, and the beautiful 17-Arch Bridge, offering a different view of the palace complex along the way.

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