The Summer Palace

On August 22, 2012, in Beijing, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

When we are talking about what are the main attractions for a Beijing Tour one of the Top 3 is, without a doubt, the Summer Palace. This palace is one of the most visited places of the city and it’s an obligatory stop in your Beijing Tour. The Summer Palace is 3 kilometers square and […]

When we are talking about what are the main attractions for a Beijing Tour one of the Top 3 is, without a doubt, the Summer Palace. This palace is one of the most visited places of the city and it’s an obligatory stop in your Beijing Tour.

The Summer Palace is 3 kilometers square and more than three quarters of it are formed by a lake called the Kunming Lake.

A very important part of its land area is formed by a 60 meters tall hill called the Longevity Hill and there are a lot of buildings that are positioned in sequence.

The main number of buildings are in the side of the hill that is not in front of the lake. The part that is directly next to the lake was left without buildings for having a more “natural” environment.

The sequence of buildings in the other side of the hill is as follows; The Cloud-Dispelling Hall, the Temple of Buddhist Virtue, and the Sea of Wisdom Temple, these are the main buildings, but there are some more that surround them. In the top of the Temple of Buddhist Virtue temple there is a tower that is 41 meters high and it’s supported by 8 iron pillars.

 

The Kunming Lake is an artificial lake created in 1291, it has three large islands and it represents the traditional Chinese garden element of “the fairy hill within the sea”.

The three islands are named after three fairytale islands, Yingzhou, Penglai and Fangzhang where it’s believed that the eight immortals lived.

The majority of the other features in the lake are inspired by buildings who are in such distant places as the Yangtze river, for example the West Dike is a recreation of the Su Di Dike in Hangzhou, and like it’s original it is crossed by six bridges, each one in a different style.

The largest bridge in the lake is the 17 arch bridge. It connects the eastern shore with the Nanhu Island (the representation of Penglai) this island is supposed to be the place where the eight immortals had their meetings, in the Summer palace there is a temple dedicated to the King Dragon and you can go to the top of the artificial hill that is on the island and see a very clear view of the place.

The Summer Palace is one of the most beautiful places in Beijing and one of its main attractions so make sure you won’t miss it in your Beijing Tour or you will surely regret it!

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Summertime at the Summer Palace

On July 9, 2012, in Beijing, Parks & Gardens, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

For a newcomer to China travel like me, the Summer Palace was a must-see Beijing hotspot and beautiful example of Chinese architecture set against the tranquil landscape of Kunming Lake. Constructed over 250 years ago, this visual gem is a great place for tourist groups of any size to take some amazing pictures as well […]

For a newcomer to China travel like me, the Summer Palace was a must-see Beijing hotspot and beautiful example of Chinese architecture set against the tranquil landscape of Kunming Lake. Constructed over 250 years ago, this visual gem is a great place for tourist groups of any size to take some amazing pictures as well as enjoy the Chinese culture. It will cost you a mere 30 RMB to experience all the gorgeous surroundings this park has to offer, and for students with a valid ID its half price! For those who enjoy the outdoors and are looking for a great place to just relax by the water or even burn a few calories on Longevity Hill, the Summer Palace is perfect addition to your China Tours. The natural environment of this palace can be attributed to the exquisite garden design and landscaping. It’s unlike anything I have ever seen! No wonder the Chinese name for this attraction literally means “Gardens of Nurtured Harmony.” With scenic views and structures fit for royalty, this palace served as a peaceful residence for many Qing Dynasty ruling family members. As you ascend the hill, you’ll find yourself trekking up some large rocks so make sure to wear comfortable shoes. You can get some good pictures if you are ready and willing to climb up on some of the rocks and look out over the whole hillside.

Dispersed over the hill are a number of stunning buildings such as the Sea of Wisdom Temple, the Cloud Dispelling Hall, and the Temple of Buddhist Virtue, where the Tower of Buddhist Incense takes center stage. This impressive three story tower is the major focal point of the Summer Palace. After coming down the hill’s opposite side, the biggest treat of my day was walking along the lake and watching the boats pass by. Food and souvenir vendors are plentiful. Personally, I purchased a decorated fan and a vanilla ice cream cone to help keep cool in the Beijing summer heat. There were also a handful of skilled performers throughout the grounds ready to entertain passing crowds with Chinese acrobatics or traditional music. At the lake, paddle boats can be rented as well as tickets for boat rides at a reasonable price; I highly recommend these options. Nothing beats getting out on the water on a hot summer day! Closer to the edges outer edges of the lake, the water is covered with the pleasing green hue of massive lily pads. Stretching out across the lake is a multiple arch bridge, where you can join in on some kite flying. The entire park is huge, almost 750 acres, so give yourself plenty of time because a single visit can take up the whole day. There’s so much to see in Beijing, but make sure the Summer Palace is a priority place to visit. Your travel to Beijing won’t be complete without indulging in all this natural elegance.

 

A Day at Summer Palace

On December 29, 2010, in Beijing, Featured China Stories, Summer Palace, by Jack Li

During your china travel, don’t forget to Travel to Beijing and check out The Summer Palace for its amazing parks and outstanding view. The Summer Palace is a very popular tourist’s destination but it also serves as a recreational park for everyone. In December 1998, UNESCO has included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage […]

During your china travel, don’t forget to Travel to Beijing and check out The Summer Palace for its amazing parks and outstanding view. The Summer Palace is a very popular tourist’s destination but it also serves as a recreational park for everyone. In December 1998, UNESCO has included the Summer Palace on its World Heritage List. So it is definitely and must-see destination.

The Summer Palace or Yihe Yuan means the “Garden of Nurtured Harmony” and it is a palace in Beijing and it is located in the northwest of Beijing’s centre; it is easily accessible from most parts of the city. It was mainly dominated by Longevity Hill which is 60 meters high and the Kunming Lake. It also covers an expanse of 2.9 square kilometres and three quarters of which is water. The central Kunming Lake which covers 2.2 square kilometres was entirely man made and excavated soils were used to build the Longevity Hill. You can find a variety of palaces, gardens and other classical-style architecture structures that will just blow you away. So do wear comfortable shoes and also camera as there are lots to take.

One of the View in Summer Palace

During your visit around Summer Palace, if you are lucky, you would get to see a man doing calligraphy on the pavement just infront of the lake and also if you do visit the Summer Palace during winter season, you would get to ice-skate in the huge lake in front of the Summer Palace. Also, there is not much variety of food that is being sold around the Summer Palace so it is best to eat before you visit.

Calligraphy Work

A Brief History of Summer Palace:

When the Jin Dynasty emperor Wanyan Liang moved his capital to the Beijing area, he had a Gold Mountain Palace built on the site of the hill. In the Yuan Dynasty, the hill was renamed from Gold Mountain to Jug Hill (Weng Shan). The name change is explained by a legend according to which a jar with a treasure inside was once found on the hill. The loss of the jar is said to have coincided with the fall of the Ming Dynasty as had been predicted by its finder.

The Qianlong Emperor of the Qing Dynasty (1644 – 1911), who commissioned work on the imperial gardens on the hill in the 1749, gave Longevity Hills its present-day name in 1752, in celebration of his mothers 60th Birthday. The hill is about 60 meters high and houses many buildings positioned in sequence. The front hill is rich in the splendid halls and pavilions, while at the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty.

Things to see in the Summer Palace:

 

 

The Seventeen-Arch Bridge

1)      You can paddle boat across the lake to enjoy amazing views of the Summer Palace and Longevity Hill.

 

2)      Visit the Seventeen-Arch Bridge.

3)      Check out the Marble Boat in the grounds of the Summer Palace.

4)      Check out the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity.

5)      Visit the Tower of Buddhist Incense.

6)      Climb up Longevity Hill to the Summer Palace.

7)      Walk through the Long Corridor.

The Long Corridor

Address: The Summer Palace, Haidian District.

Opening Hours: 7.00am to 5.00pm (Nov 1 to March 31), 6.30am to 6.00pm (April 1 to Oct 31).

So go on and book your Beijing Tours and come experience Beijing for yourself!

Beijing Private Tour Guide

On November 3, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Beijing, Must-sees, Tips & Ideas, by Jack Li

China now is the most famous tourism country which has attracted millions of tourists coming from the world. China Tours is not a new world any more, and travel fans are going to have a look at this beautiful country, so just book a China Flights and join us. For most new comers, the most […]

China now is the most famous tourism country which has attracted millions of tourists coming from the world. China Tours is not a new world any more, and travel fans are going to have a look at this beautiful country, so just book a China Flights and join us.

For most new comers, the most attractive city in China is Beijing. It is the capital of China, and the political and cultural center of this country. Now, I will be your guide for Beijing Travel, and share some travel tips. Hope you have a better understanding of this beautiful city.

Historical views

Beijing has a long history and was built in Qing Dynasty, the well-know sites were constructed during this time, such as the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, and many others.

The Forbidden City, also known as the National Palace Museum, is located in the center of Beijing. It is the Ming and Qing imperial palace of two generations, unparalleled masterpieces of ancient architecture; it was the largest remaining in the world and the most complete ancient buildings. Hailed as the world’s first top-five Palace, the Forbidden City was commissioned by the third Emperor of the Ming Dynasty, Emperor Yong Le. The palace was built between 1406 and 1420, but was burnt down, rebuilt, sacked and renovated countless times, so most of the architecture you can see today dates from the 1700’s and on wards. The Forbidden City was the seat of Imperial power for 500 years, and is now a major tourist attraction in China. It was said that there are more than 9 thousands rooms in the Forbidden City; can you imagine that it will take more than 20 years if you want to live in the rooms, one by one? Yes, that’s it! I guess maybe this is the most amazing characteristics of the ancient buildings and that’s why people always want to have a visit here.

Royal Garden

One of the most wonderful royal gardens is the Summer Palace; it is another favorite among tourists sightseeing in Beijing. Indeed, it is one of the best parks in the city. Originally it was a retreat for emperors to escape the hot summer heat of Beijing. The Summer Palace was used by emperors for 800 years, but fell into disuse in the 18th century. Then in the 19th century, the Empress Dowager Cixi made massive renovations and restored many buildings using money funneled out from the state treasury. In the park, both the mountains and the lake will give you a totally different northern view of China.

Olympic Games Sites

It is well-known that China has hold the 29th Olympic Games and many brand-new stadiums have been building for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The National Stadium, also know as the Bird’s Nest, and Water Cube – National Swimming Center are the most popular ones among them. The National Stadium was the main track and field stadium for the 2008 Summer Olympics and has hosted to the Opening and Closing ceremonies, even thought the Olympic Games was over, the stadium now is used to hold famous music concert, famous musicians such as Langlang, and others have played here, you can have a good appreciate the amazing performs. Another famous one is the Water Cube; it is famous as the paradise of Water. When the night comes, the cover of the Water Cube is colorful, changing its “clothes” every ten minutes.


Beijing has been the World City, with modern facilities and ancient historical sites, that’s one of the reasons why it is so popular in the world. However, after Beijing Tours you can have a view to other cities, such as Travel to Shanghai, Travel to Xi’an, and many other beautiful attractions, in all, China will never disappoint you.

Shanghai and Beijing—Which One Do You Prefer

On October 28, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Shanghai, by Jack Li

China Tours now are becoming a fashionable trend, for most travel fans, or backpackers, one of their destinations on the list is China. However, why China is so charming that attracts millions of tourists? Want an answer? Just follow me and I am sure you will definitely be fans of china travel. China is famous […]

China Tours now are becoming a fashionable trend, for most travel fans, or backpackers, one of their destinations on the list is China. However, why China is so charming that attracts millions of tourists? Want an answer? Just follow me and I am sure you will definitely be fans of china travel.

China is famous for its vast territory and abundant resources, various culture, and great cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an, Guilin, Guanghzou, and so on. By introducing Beijing and Shanghai, I will show you a clear answer of why China is so popular among tourists.

Beijing, the capital of People’s Republic of China, has thousands years history. The ancient is built in Ming Dynasty, the great Emperor made a great contribution to the development of the city, so do the people. Most of attractions in Beijing are constructed at that time, such as the Forbidden City, where the emperor lived in; the Temple of Heaven, which is used for showing thanks for the God; the Summer Palace, a large and beautiful garden built for the emperor, and many others. On the other hand, Beijing is a modern city. Being the cultural and political center of China, it is a modern metropolis. In 2008, the 29th Olympic Game was held in Beijing. Millions of athletes, officials, tourists were coming Beijing, to have an eye on the great event. Now, the well-known gyms, the Bird’s Nest and the Water Cube are the key destinations of travel. Theses two gyms symbol the old Chinese sayings, which is described like this: the sky looks round, and the earth seems square. Nowadays, there usually have concerts, which are performed by famous artists.

Shanghai, a city which has been famous since ancient times, benefits from the policy of opening-up. The Bund is the classic image of Shanghai and the city’s main attraction. This section is the most prosperous and luxurious place in Shanghai. Sweeping along the western side of the Huangpu River, the majestic buildings date back to Shanghai’s grandest days. Many banks and financial companies built impressive offices here in the early 20th century when Shanghai was the financial capital of Asia. The city side of The Bund is packed with classic architecture. Buildings to look out for include the old Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, the Customs House and its landmark clock, the Bank of China and the Peace Hotel. On the beach, a tower stands here for many years, which named Oriental Pearl. In the evening, you will have a night view of the whole city, which is blazing colorful lights. In 2010, every barber knows that the World Exposition is held here, which fascinated people all over the world. Here, you can appreciate all kinds of culture from different countries and different races; enjoy and be surprised by the great technology. One more attractions is Nanjing Road. It was the first commercial road in Shanghai. In the early 20th century, there were only four department stores along this stretch. Now it is the top shopping center of the city. It is fantastically located, stemming off the Huangpu River and the Bund at a right angle and linking the city’s main commercial and residential districts to the mouth of the river.

                            

These two cities are almost top highlights of china travel; both of them have their own characteristics, if you want to have a look on the ancient china culture, you can directly come to Beijing; if you want to feel the prosperous and fasting style of life, Shanghai will be your best choice.

Do not worry about the transportation, just book a China Flights and China is waiting for you.

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Hot Tips for Your China Travel

On October 20, 2010, in Cool Places, Cultural Experience, Shanghai, by Jack Li

Nowadays, China is well-known by people all around the world; as a result, china travel is becoming more and more popular. Many tourists are attracted by the beautiful scenes, the ancient culture, and the modern facilities of China. However, it’s very difficult for most of newcomers who come to China Tours to have a perfect […]

Nowadays, China is well-known by people all around the world; as a result, china travel is becoming more and more popular. Many tourists are attracted by the beautiful scenes, the ancient culture, and the modern facilities of China. However, it’s very difficult for most of newcomers who come to China Tours to have a perfect trip on their own at the first time, therefore some special tips for certain spots are really important for them. In the following passage, I will take Beijing for example and give you my experience and I hope it can do you a favor for your travel in China.

Beijing is an amazing city, with attractive ancient buildings and modern facilities. And the famous spots in Beijing are followed: the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and so on. If you want to travel all these excellent spots, you need to plan your trips more carefully and make sure you have a perfect journey of Beijing.

The first day: Autumn’ Memory in Beijing

         

The first station of this trip is the Summer Palace. It is one of the favorite places among tourists sightseeing in Beijing. Indeed, it is one of the best parks in the city. Originally it was a retreat for emperors to escape the scorching summer heat of Beijing. The Summer Palace was used by emperors for 800 years, but fell into disuse in the 18th century. Then in the 19th century, the Empress Dowager Cixi made massive renovations and restored many buildings using money funneled out from the state treasury. The second station is Fragrance Hill. In autumn, the most beautiful spots in Beijing is Fragrance Hill(香山),located in Haidian district, in Beijing. It’s the famous forest park in Beijing, with an area of 160 hectares. In autumn, the maple trees are full of red leaves, as red as the firelight. Most of trees were planted in Qing dynasty, and now they are 200 years old. In October to November every year, the leaves turn into red, so October is the perfect season for Fragrance Hill. Many tourists take their sleep bags and go camping here, enjoy the beautiful night scene and the fresh air. You can also take photos here and surely the pictures will be beautiful. On Fragrance Hill, there are also other attractions, Fragrance Hill Temple(香山寺), Yanjing Lake(眼镜湖), and so on. You can get there by bus, No.318, 360, and so on; or by taxi.

The second day: Beijing Post-Olympic Memories

      

The first station is The National Stadium; also know as the Bird’s Nest. It is one of the major gyms in Beijing. The opening ceremony of 29th Olympic Games was held here and hundreds of thousands athletes, officials, and audiences attended the great event. The second famous one is Water Cube – National Swimming Center. Both of them are the most popular      ones among tourists.

The third day: Ancient Hutong(胡同) Tour

Hutong is one of the characteristics of Ancient Beijing; it is a kind of alley between courtyards. There are thousands of Hutongs in Beijing, and all those have their own names, usually special and meaningful ones. In the most cases, they are named by some famous and big people’ names, by unique buildings, or special terrain, etc.Hutong is the unique of Beijing ancient culture, you had better go along on foot or by bike, so that you can enjoy the peaceful life of Beijing local people, and appreciate the special culture. In all, Beijing has more beautiful and attractive spots than you could image. So why not take China Flights and have a try.

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