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|Address:||No.19, new Palace Gate Road, Haidian District, Beijing City., Beijing, 150011|
|Price Range:||Dull season (every 1st, December to 31st, March of the next year.)Common ticket: ￥20 per person, through ticket ￥40 per personTicket in The Tower of Buddhist Incense: ￥10Suzhou Street: ￥10Garden of Virtuous Harmony: ￥5 month ticket: ￥30 per month ~ In season (every 1st April to 31st October ) Common ticket: ￥30 ;through ticket:￥50Ticket in The Tower of Buddhist Incense: ￥10Suzhou Street: ￥10Garden of Virtuous Harmony: ￥5 month ticket: ￥30 per month|
|Hours:||In summer: 6：30-18：00In winter: 7：00-17：00|
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The Summer Palace (zh:颐和园), is the largest, the most celebrated, and best-preserved imperial garden in China. Located close to the western hills on the western edge of Beijing, it is only about 12 km from downtown Beijing.
The garden once served as a summer resort for the emperors, a retreat from the main imperial palace now known as the Imperial Palace-Forbidden City. It is now a museum, and a World Heritage site designated by UNESCO in 1990.
The elaborately designed Summer Palace is an acclaimed museum of traditional Chinese gardens with rocks, plants, pavilions, ponds, cobble paths fully blended together. It features both northern and southern Chinese style gardens. Strolling around the Summer Palace, you will get a glimpse of representative scenes from many different parts of China.
When the Jin Dynasty emperor Wányán Liàng 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). This 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 1749, gave Longevity Hill its present-day name in 1752, in celebration of his mother's 60th birthday. The hill is about 60 meters (196.9 feet) high and houses many buildings positioned in sequence. The front hill is rich in the splendid halls and pavilions, while the back hill, in sharp contrast, is quiet with natural beauty
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|The largest, the most celebrated, and best-preserved imperial garden in China.|
 What to see
- Cloud Dispelling Hall (Paiyun Dian Hall, 排云殿)
- Garden of Harmony and Pleasure (Xiequ Yuan, 谐趣园)
- Garden of Perfection and Light (Yuanming Yuan, 圆明园)
- Great Theatre (大戏楼)
- Hall of Happiness and Longevity (Leshou Tang Hall, 乐寿堂)
- Hall of Well-being and Longeviety (Renshou Dian, 仁寿殿)
- Hear the Golden Orioles (Tingli Guan, 听鹂馆)
- Hill of Longeviety (Wanshoushan, 万寿山)
- Kunminghu Lake (昆明湖)
- Long Corridor (Chang Lang, 长廊)
- Marble Ship (Shifang, 石舫)
- Pavilion of the Precious Clouds (宝云阁)
- South Lake Island (南湖岛)
- Temple of the Sea of Wisdom (Zhihuihai, 智慧海)
- Western Dyke
- Zhuanlun Zang (转轮藏)
The Summer Palace, located northwest of Beijing's center, is easily accessible from most parts of the city. Head north at Suzhou Bridge on the north-western 3rd Ring Road, north at Sihai Bridge on the north-western 4th Ring Road, or south at the northern 5th Ring Road at the Zhongguancun/Beiqing Road exit. Public transportation also serves the Summer Palace.
7:00 to 17:00 (Nov.1 to March.31)
6:30 to 18:00 (April.1 to Oct.31)