Summer Palace & Haidian attractions

Top Choice Historic Site in Summer Palace & Haidian

Summer Palace

As mandatory a Beijing sight as the Great Wall or the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace was the royal retreat for emperors fleeing the suffocating summer torpor of the old imperial city and, most recently, the retir…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Summer Palace & Haidian

Azure Clouds Temple

Though it dates back to the Yuan dynasty, this enchanting Buddhist temple complex was enlarged to its current splendor by Emperor Qianlong in 1748, adding the all-marble Diamond Throne Pagoda at the rear, inspired b…
Top Choice Buddhist Temple in Summer Palace & Haidian

Wuta Temple

If any Beijing sight can vanquish the dreaded 'temple fatigue', it's Wǔtǎ Sì. This little-known gem is eminently worthy of a pilgrimage, not just for its remarkable design, which owes more to India than imperial Chi…
Park in Summer Palace & Haidian

Fragrant Hills Park

A great swath of Beijing's Western Hills (Xīshān) was once an imperial pleasure resort, acres of undulating pine-cypress forest peppered with temples, pavilions and lookouts dating to the Qing dynasty. Opened to the…
Historic Building in Summer Palace & Haidian

Long Corridor

Stretching for 728m along the north shore of Kunming Lake, the open-air Long Corridor is one of the premier sights of the Summer Palace. One can imagine Cixi talking a stroll, enjoying the cool breeze off the lake, …
Bridge in Summer Palace & Haidian

17-Arch Bridge

Connecting the eastern shore of Kunming Lake to South Lake Island, this is the largest bridge in the Summer Palace at 150m long. It was built during the reign of Emperor Qianlong in the 18th century. The individuall…
Historic Site in Summer Palace & Haidian

Old Summer Palace

Shattered ruins are all that remain of the 'Garden of Perfection and Light', once known as the 'Versaille of the East' for its profound beauty, even surpassing Cixi's 19th century reboot. Jesuit-designed palaces and…
Buddhist Temple in Summer Palace & Haidian

Wanshou Temple

This tranquil, little-visited temple was originally consecrated for the storage of Buddhist texts. Its name echoes the Summer Palace’s Longevity Hill (Wanshou means 'longevity') and the imperial entourage would stop…
Buddhist Site in Summer Palace & Haidian

Great Bell Temple

Despite being stranded along the North 3rd Ring Rd, this Qing-era temple is well worth a diversion to marvel at its centrepiece, the humongous Yongle Bell, cast in 1406 and almost 7m tall. The temple halls have been…
Monument in Summer Palace & Haidian

Marble Boat

Just beyond the western end of the Long Corridor, the Marble Boat has come to symbolise the extravagance and detachment of the imperial family in the closing chapter of Chinese imperial rule. First built in 1755, it…