It is said to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world, and the largest of its kind still in existence in China.
The Summer Palace was initially built in 1750 by Emperor Qianglong. The architectural style of Summer Palace is to make others believe it is inartificial. It covers an area of 70 thousand square meters and holds over 3000 houses. In 1860 and 1900 it was destroyed by invaders and in 1912 it was rebuilt by the Government of Qing Dynasty. In 1924, it began to be open to tourists.
Fans surround Loreva at the Summer Palace
Summer Palace has three major entry gates:
1) East Gate ( Main Gate ), also called “East Palace Gate” 东宫门 2) North Gate, also called “Beigongmen, or North Palace Gate” 北宫门 3) South Gate, also known as “New Palace Gate” 新建宫门
Normally 2-3 hours are needed to walk around Summer Palace itself.
Make sure to get the right ticket:There are two kinds of tickets – Entrance ticket for the garden-like complex and through-ticket both for the complex itself also pay attractions inside the Summer Palace complex.The ticket prices are divided onto two categories – Low Season ad Peak Season.
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