Summer Palace Travel Tips

Summer Palace Travel Tips

On July 26, 2011, in Beijing, Summer Palace, Tours, Travel Info, by Jack Li

The best time to visit the Summer Palace is when it is sunny and clear. You can enjoy the view of the Kunming Lake and the general view of the City of Beijing from the Tower of Buddhist Incense. In addition, the coloured paintings on the buildings are exquisite. It is better to wear shoes suitable for a long walk.

Best Time to Visit Summer Palace

You had better come and visit the Summer Palace from April to June and from August to November, when it is neither too hot nor too cold. If you come in springtime, you can enjoy watching the flourishing flowers.

Summer Palace Best Routes

Enter by Donggong Gate (East Palace Gate)

  1. Donggong Gate—Renshou Hall (Hall of Benevolence and Longevity)—Dehe Garden (Hall of Virtue and Harmony)—Wenchang Pavilion—Yulan Hall (Hall of Jade Ripples) and Yiyun House—Leshou Hall (Hall of Joyful Longevity)—Long Gallery—Paiyun Hall—the Tower of Buddhist Incense—stone boat—to South Lake Island by boat—the Seventeen-arch Bridge—Bronze Ox—Xinjian Gong Gate (Newly-built Imperial City Gate) (about 2.5 hours)
  2. Donggong Gate—Renshou Hall (Hall of Benevolence and Longevity)—Dehe Garden (Hall of Virtue and Harmony)—Wenchang Pavilion—Yulan Hall (Hall of Jade Ripples) and Yiyun House—Leshou Hall (Hall of Joyful Longevity)—Long Gallery—Paiyun Hall—the Tower of Buddhist Incense—stone boat—the Ploughing and Weaving Picture Scenic Spot—Ruyi Gate (Gate of Wish Fulfillment) (about 3 hours)
  3. Donggong Gate—Renshou Hall (Hall of Benevolence and Longevity)—Dehe Garden (Hall of Virtue and Harmony)—Wenchang Pavilion—Yulan Hall (Hall of Jade Ripples) and Yiyun House—Leshou Hall (Hall of Joyful Longevity)—Long Gallery—Paiyun Hall—the Tower of Buddhist Incense—Suzhou Street—North Palace Gate (about 2 hours)
  4. Donggong Gate—Renshou Hall (Hall of Benevolence and Longevity)—Dehe Garden (Hall of Virtue and Harmony)—Wenchang Pavilion—Yulan Hall (Hall of Jade Ripples) and Yiyun House—Leshou Hall (Hall of Joyful Longevity)—Long Gallery—Paiyun Hall—the Tower of Buddhist Incense—Suzhou Street—Danning Hall (Hall of Calmness)—Xiequ Garden (the Harmonious Garden)—East Palace Gate (about 2.5 hours)

Summer Palace Tickets

1. Entrance ticket: RMB 30 per person (high season)

RMB 20 per person (low season)

2. Half-price ticket: RMB 15 per person (high season, students only)

RMB 10 per person (high season, students only)

3.Joint ticket: RMB 60 per person (high season)

RMB 40 per person (low season)

4.Single ticket for one attraction within the Summer Palace(year-round price; included in the joint ticket):

The Tower of Buddhist Incense: RMB 10 per person

Suzhou Street: RMB 10 per person

Wenchang Yard: RMB 20 per person

Dehe Garden: RMB 5 per person

How to get to Summer Palace

By Bus

209, 330, 331, 332, 346, 394, 601, 608, 626, 683, 690, 696, 718 (get off at Summer Palace Station)

By Subway

Take Line 4 to Beigongmen Station. You can also get off at Xiyuan, then walk towards the west along Tongqing Street for 500 metres and arrive at East Palace Gate.

Jack Li
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