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Beijing Old Summer Palace Travel Guide

Old Summer Palace, known in China as the Ruins of the Yuanmingyuan (the Gardens of Perfect Brightness), is located just outside the west gate of Tsinghua University, north of Peking University, and east of the (present-day) Summer Palace.

The Garden was first constructed in the year of 1709 during the reign of the Emperor Kangxi of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Over the next 150 years of the Qing Dynasty, this Garden was expanded to be a large-scale Chinese emperors' private pleasure garden, where the emperors of the Qing Dynasty resided and handled government affairs. It covers a total area of 350 hectares.

The Garden is made up of exquisitely constructed halls, pavilions, chambers, earth and rock hills, rivers and ponds, and exotic flowers and grasses from different parts of the country. It embodies the essence of Chinese ancient landscape gardening and the European-style construction. It was reclaimed by the Chinese government as an historical site in the 1980s.

The Old Summer Palace

Tourist sites in  Old Summer Palace

  •  Ruins of European-style Buildings
    Tickets: CNY15/person
  • Yuanmingyuan Gallery
    Tickets: free
  • Exhibition Hall of Yuanmingyuan in Heyday
    Tickets: CNY10/person

Services in the Garden:

  • Eletromobiles are available in the Garden. Ticket: CNY5/person.
  • Wheelchair for rent at the gate of Yichunyuan and Changchunyuan for free but a CNY500 deposit.
  • Costume photography, painting exhibitions are provided for tourists to experience.
  • Some books about Yuanmingyuan and some Souvenirs for sale.

Address(English):28 Qinghua West Road, Haidian District, Beijing. Post code: 100084.
How to get there:

Take subway Line 4 then get off at Yuanmingyuan Station and get out of the station from Exit B(northeast exit).

Bus route
To the gate of Yichunyuan (the Elegant Spring Garden): bus No.319, 320, 331, 432, 438, 498, 628, 664, 690, 696, 697, 801 and No. 826.

To the gate of Changchunyuan (the Garden of Eternal Spring): bus No.365, 432, 656, 664, 681, 717, 743, 814,963 and No.982.

Other information:

Tickets: CNY10/person (tickets are available at the gate of Elegant Spring Garden and the east gate of Garden of Eternal Spring at 7:00 to 17:00 in January to March, Novermber and December, 7:00 to 18:30 in April, September and October, 7:00 to 19:00 in May to August ).

Opening hours: 7:00 – 19:30 (January, Febrary, March, Novermber and December)
             7:00 – 20:30 (April, September and October) 
              7:00 – 21:00 (May to August)

010- 62658207

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