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The Summer Palace in Beijing, China, is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design. Located 10 km to the northwest of Beijing city center, the Summer Palace that we see was reconstructed in 1866 after it was burned down in the war of 1860. The palace was rebuilt on the same foundation of the original complex. In addition to the palace building, the Summer Palace complex features pavilions, halls, temples and bridges that dot a well-landscapes park.

The Summer Palace of Beijing was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 22nd session of the World Heritage Committee when it met in Kyoto, Japan, on 30 November to 5 December, 1998. The Summer Palace was regarded as an outstanding expression of the creative art of Chinese landscape garden design, a work that brings together humankind and nature into a harmonious whole. Another justification for the inscription was that the Summer Palace epitomizes the philosophy and practice of Chinese garden design, and played a key role in the development of this cultural form throughout the East. The Summer Palace is a potent symbol of one of the major civilizations of the world.

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Summer Palace, Beijing
Summer Palace, Beijing
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Paiyunmen Gate and Octagon Tower on Longevity Hill, Paiyunmen Gate and Octagon Tower on Longevity Hill, Summer Palace, Beijing
Paiyunmen Gate and Octagon Tower on Longevity Hill, Paiyunmen Gate and Octagon Tower on Longevity Hill, Summer Palace, Beijing
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Summer Palace, Beijing
Summer Palace, Beijing
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Marble Boat, Summer Palace
Marble Boat, Summer Palace
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Peking Opera House, Summer Palace
Peking Opera House, Summer Palace
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Bridge at the Summer Palace
Bridge at the Summer Palace
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Tower at the Summer Palace
Tower at the Summer Palace
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World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 39 59 51 E 116 16 08 10 km to the northwest of Beijing
Inscription Year: 1998
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, II, III

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Visiting Summer Palace, Beijing

The Summer Palace is located 6 miles (10 km) to the northwest of Beijing. To reach it, take the subway to the Xizhi Men station, and then take bus 32. You can also take bus 808 from the Beijing Zoo.

Local tour of the Summer Palace

The Beijing Historical Tour takes you to the Summer Palace, Lama Temple and Panda Garden.


Local Tours of China

At times, it is faster, safer and cheaper to join a local tour than to go there yourself. This is especially true for many places in China. However, you need to be wary of the tour operators, especially those in China.

Here are a few local tours of China that you may wish to add to your itinerary. These tours are arranged by Viator, one of the most reputable tour agencies in the market.

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