Summer Palace

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When the Jin Dynasty emperor Wányán Liàng (February 24, 1122 – December 15, 1161 CE) moved his capital to the Beijing area, he had a Wang hill Palace built on the site of the hill. In the Yuan Dynasty, the hill was renamed from Wang hillto Jug Hill (Weng Shan). 

The Qianlong Emperor (r. 1735-1796) 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 the 60th birthday of his mother,Empress Dowager Chongqing.

The palace complex has suffered two major destructive attacks. First by the British and French during the Anglo-French allied invasion of 1860 (with the Old Summer Palace also ransacked at the same time), and second during the Boxer Rebellion, in an attack by the eight allied powers in 1900. The garden was torched and mostly destroyed. Most of the artifacts within were split among the eight allied nations. The Palace has been under restoration since its destruction. The main obstacle of the restoration is the lack of original blueprints.

In 1888, it was given the current name, Yihe Yuan. It served as a summer resort for Empress Dowager Cixi. 


Price: Inexpensive
Contact Number: +86-10-6288-1144
Hours of Operation:

Monday through Sunday 7:00am-7:00pm

Listing Type: Activities - Sightseeing


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Location Information:

Address: 19 新建宫门路
Area/City Name: Beijing
District/State: Haidan
Country: China


The Summer Palace is located northwest of Beijing's center in Haidian District, between the Fourth and Fifth Ring Roads. 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.

East Gate at Tongqing St. and Yiheyuan St.: Beijing Subway Xiyuan Station (Line 4); Beijing Bus routes 209, 330, 331, 332, 346, 394, 579, 601, 608, 683, 696, 718
North Gate at Yiheyuan Rd. and Qinglongqiao East St.: Beijing Subway Beigongmen Station (Line 4); Beijing Bus routes 303, 330, 331, 346, 375, 384, 498, 563, 601, 608, 683, 696, 697, 718, 特5, 特10.
West Gate at Jinhe Rd. and Yiheyuan Ximen Rd.: Beijing Bus routes 469, 539

South Gate easy walk. Beijing Bus routes 437,374

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User Comments:


Really interesting history behind the Summer Palace. It ended up never really being used because by the time it was finished the rule of the Emperor was overthrown by the People's Republic. Beautiful scenery and walkways.

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