Summer Palace

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When to come

The Summer Palace is a favorite summer weekend escape for Beijing residents. To avoid crowds, go on workdays.


It covers some 300 hectares (slightly over a square mile). Shallow lakes compose three quarters of it.


The Summer Palace is Yiheyan in Chinese (loosely translates as "Garden of Nurtured Harmony").


The Summer Palace is about 13 kilometers (8 miles) northwest of central Beijing.

Ups and downs

The Summer Palace site has had significant ups and downs over the past three centuries - it became deteriorated or was destroyed then rebuilt several times. Today, the Summer Palace is in a state of beauty and grandeur.

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