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Summer Palace

This idyllic public park was once the summer retreat of the Qing Dynasty. It houses the iconic Boat of Purity and Ease.

The Summer Palace on the shore of Kunming Lake is home to the largest royal garden in China and has many remarkable buildings. Enjoy the lush scenery and architecture and have a picnic on the lawns.

The complex was originally constructed as a vacation retreat for the Qing emperors in the 18th century. It later became their main residence. Like Beijing's Old Summer Palace, the complex was damaged by European troops during the Second Opium War and the Boxer Rebellion. However, the Chinese managed to restore this palace.

You’ll enter the park at East Palace Gate, which gives access to the park’s main complex. Here, you’ll find the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity, which contains intricate bronze sculptures, engravings and ornate furnishings.

Watch the boaters on the large man-made lake. Stroll along the northwest shore to see a more unusual vessel: the Boat of Purity and Ease. This structure is also known as the Marble Boat, although it is actually a wooden pavilion on a stone base.

From the boat, it’s a short stroll to the foot of Longevity Hill, made from soil that came out of the pit for the lake. Hike up the 200-feet (60-meter) tall front slope, which has symmetrically laid-out structures on either side. Gaze up at the towering Hall of Dispensing Clouds. For a small fee you can enter the Tower of Buddhist Incense, a remarkable three-story building that contains a gilded statue of the Buddha with 1,000 hands and eyes. Descend at the rear end of the hill to find a scenic natural setting dotted with ruins.

The Summer Palace is located in the Haidian District, northwest of Beijing city. It takes at least 30 minutes to get to the palace from central Beijing by taxi. You can also take the subway to Beigongmen Station or Xiyuan Station, but this can take up to an hour. There is an admission fee to enter the palace.


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    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Located in Haidian, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Kunming Lake and Summer Palace. Peking University is 2.5 mi (4 km) away. Beigongmen Station is 11 minutes by foot and Xiyuan Station is 12 minutes.

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    Building 3, Outside Academy of Military, Sciences, No. 75 Xiangshan Road,, Beijing, Beijing
       
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in Haidian, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Kunming Lake and 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Summer Palace. Peking University and Old Summer Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km). Anheqiao North Station is 8 minutes by foot and Beigongmen Station is 11 minutes.

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      Beijing Post Hotel

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      No. 5 Guajiatun, Haidian District, Beijing, Beijing
         
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in Haidian, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Kunming Lake, Peking University, and Summer Palace. Old Summer Palace and Renmin University of China are also within 3 mi (5 km). Xiyuan Station is 13 minutes by foot and Yuanmingyuan Park Station is 16 minutes.

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        Tower 1 25 Yuanda Road, Haidian District, Beijing, Beijing
           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Haidian, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Renmin University of China, Kunming Lake, and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Peking University and Summer Palace are also within 6 mi (10 km).

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          No.35 Haidian Street, Haidian District, Beijing, Beijing
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in Haidian, this hotel is 1.2 mi (1.9 km) from Kunming Lake and within 3 mi (5 km) of Peking University and Summer Palace. Renmin University of China and Old Summer Palace are also within 3 mi (5 km). Bagou Station is 23 minutes by foot and Xiyuan Station is 27 minutes.

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            FX Hotel BeiJing ZhongGuanCun

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              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in Haidian, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Peking University and 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Summer Palace. Kunming Lake and Renmin University of China are also within 2 mi (3 km). Zhongguancun Station is 13 minutes by foot and Suzhoujie Station is 14 minutes.

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              The Lake View Hotel Beijing

              No 127 North Street, Zhongguancun, Beijing, Beijing
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                This family-friendly Beijing hotel is located in Haidian, within 2 mi (3 km) of Peking University and Old Summer Palace. Summer Palace is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) away. Yuanmingyuan Park Station is 8 minutes by foot and East Gate of Peking University Station is 8 minutes.

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                No.58 Wanquanhe Road, Beijing, Beijing
                   
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Located in Haidian, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Renmin University of China and Peking University. Summer Palace is 2.9 mi (4.6 km) away. Suzhoujie Station is 7 minutes by foot and Haidian Huangzhuang Station is 13 minutes.