The Forbidden City Beijing
The Forbidden City Beijing
An UNESCO World Heritage Site

Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) - Ancient Chinese imperial gardens

The Summer Palace, as the best-preserved imperial residences in China is mainly dominated by Longevity Hill(Wanshou Shan)and Kunming Lake. Emperor Qianlong in Qing Dynasty and his royal families used to retreat to this royal garden in summer to get away from the heat in Beijing. This royal garden is a vast ensemble of lakes, plants. gardens and palaces with bountiful halls and pavilions in the front while mostly natural scenery in the rear. In December 1998, it was listed into World Heritage List by UNESCO and was acclaimed as "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design”. Booking in advance means you can save hours of waiting in line and get mobile ticket accepted with QR code which you scan at the barriers to get in.

Address: No.19 Xinjian Gongmen Road, Haidian District, Beijing 100080 China  


Diretions&Opening Hours
Import Info

Kunming Lake

The famous Seventeen-arch Bridge in Kunming Lake spans between South Lake Island and the East Coast.The bridge is 150 meters long, like a long rainbow on the sparkling blue waves.It is modeled on the famous Lugou Bridge. On the top of each stone bar on the bridge are carved stone lions in different shapes, which are delicate, magnificent and beautifulWhen people are standing on the shore in the sunny summer and autumn, looking at the lake, motor boats and painted boats carrying tourists around the lake tour; rows of boats were sailing on the tourists' paddles. Bridge, island, temple, and pavilion are reflected in the water, and the lake is full of vitality. It presents a magnificent picture.

Suzhou Street 

Suzhou Street is distributed in the garden, small and exquisite, against the mountains and water. It is just like the Jiangnan picture dotted on the axis of the building of the back mountain and back lake. It further sets off the tranquility and elegance of the back lake and vividly reproduces the city's mountain forests. The buildings in Suzhou Street, whether in the water or beside the water, all echo the landscape on Longevity Hill, with overall layout and orderly landscaping. The beautiful Jiangnan-style water town market in Beijing is like a folk temple fair with entertainment, food and commerce, which reflects the unique Qing Palace life and Chinese  flourishing traditional business culture. Visitors can go shopping along the coast or by boat, full of the fun of antique tourism.

Foxiang Pavilion

Foxiang Pavilion : Located in the middle of the mountain in front of Wanshou Mountain, it is an octagonal three-story pavilion built for Tielim, 41 meters high, covered with green trim and yellow glazed tiles. It is the largest building in the Summer Palace. The court enshrines and enlightens the Buddha. Every month, empress dowager cixi burns incense and worships Buddha here. The Foxiang Pavilion was originally a nine-story pagoda Yanshou Pagoda.Due to its grandeur, elaborate pattern and the location on top of the Longevity Hill, it has long been counted as the central building of the Summer Palace.Therefore, the Tower of Buddhist Incense has been considered the perfect place for sightseeing and photography.

Diretions&Opening Hours
How to get to Summer Palace
  • `To Xigongmen:take bus line 469 or 539 to get off at Yiheyuan Ximen(western gate of Summer Palace)
  • To Beigongmen: take metro line 4 and get off at Beigongmen. Leave the station from exit D. Or take bus line 303, 330, 331, 346, 375, 384, 563, 601, 608, 683, 696, 697, 718, S5 or S10 to Beigongmen.
  • To Donggongmen: take metro line 4 and exit at Xiyuan station. Leave from Exit C2. Or take bus line 330, 331, 332, 346, 375, 384, 393, 432, 437, 476, 508, 509, 534, 563, 579, 584, 601, 636, 671, S5, S10, S18 or S19 and get off at Yiheyuan station.
  • To Xin Jian Gong Men: take bus line 74, 374 or 437 and get off at Xin Jian Gong Men(new gate of Yiheyuan)
  • To Nanruyimen: take bus line 74, 374 or 437 and get off at Nanruyimen

Opening Hours

 Seasons Opening Hours Stop Entry Stop Ticketing
 High Season
April 1st - October 31st
08:30-17:0019:00 1 Day in advance
 Low Season
November 1st - March 31st
09:00-16:00 19:00 1Day in advance

  • There may be temporary closures which cannot always be scheduled in advance, since something unpredictable always happens. The management of the Park would like to apologize for any inconvenience caused.
  • The ticket-checking time for Combo tickets is 6:00-15:00. Please arrange your time properly.
  • You will receive your QR code of tickets for Summer Palace after placing the order, please remember to check your email.

Import Info

Important Information

  • Tickets are E-tickets, so paper tickets are not necessary. Please visit the Summer Palace within the reservation time with the QR code and passport. Each ticket cannot be reused.
  • The Summer Palace is a must-see for history buffs, architecture enthusiast and first-time visitors.
  • Wear comfortable shoes to cope with some bumps on the roads easily. 
  • The main entrance and most palaces are wheelchair accessible.
  • Best time of visit would be April to October. The entrance fee only includes pass of the main gate.
  • Admissions of boat ticket and the opera recital area need paying separately.
  • Affordable for families: children under 7 years old can get in for free.
  • It is recommended to visit about 4-5hours.
  • If you have to change your visiting date or cancel your tickets, please send us an email at least 12hours earlier than selected entry time. No change and cancellation fee are charged. 

High Season(April 1st - October 31st)

  Admission TicketCombo Ticket (Dehe Garden, Tower of Buddhist Incense, Wenchang Hall, Suzhou Street and Danning Hall
 Adults (18-59)

Low Season(November 1st – March 31st)

  Admission TicketCombo Ticket (Dehe Garden, Tower of Buddhist Incense, Wenchang Hall, Suzhou Street and Danning Hall
 Adults (18-59)

  • No ticket needed for Children under 6. 
  • Free tickets available for seniors above 60. (Seniors should use their valid passports or ID card to get free tickets from the ticket office.)
  • Some gardens in the Summer Palace are not open for public on Monday, so it's not recommended to buy  combo tickets on Monday.  

Cancellation Policy 

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of your experience. Partial refund is not acceptable. If all participants within the same order cannot enter the park together, please place your orders separately.