Coordinates 128

Uploaded January 18, 2016

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near Qinglongqiao, Beijing (China)

A significant historical and cultural location and UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site. The Palace was summer residence of Qing Dynasty Emperors including Dowager Empress Cici. It is renowned for ornate temples, art and gardens. There are frequent traditional Chinese opera performances.

Route starts at a subway station near the northern admission gate, with some restaurants nearby, and finishes at a different subway station to the East. Both stations are marked as waypoints. There is an admission fee. Going from north to south puts the one big climb at the beginning of the day.

Walking maps are available around the entrance ticket kiosk.
Provisioning

North Entrance

Must select which tickets to buy, some individual buildings and zones require extra tickets. Snacks, maps, water, juice, and a paper map area available at and inside the ticket gate.
Bridge

Bridge over Canal

Zone under bridge (artisan shops and canal) needs purchase of an extra ticket for access.
World Heritage Site

Courtyard

Base for the steep climb up stairway to the top of the palace and temple complex.
panorama

Views to North

From near top of staiway.
World Heritage Site

Temple Area

Around the central temple tower
World Heritage Site

Decent to Lake

Steep stairway decent
panorama

View to South

From top of stairs before decent to lake level. View is shrouded by mist on this visit.
Provisioning

Teahouse (Entrance)

Entrance on East side, Chinese tea, coffee, snacks, calligraphy studio
Lake

Teahouse (Lake Balcony)

Balcony on West side, overlooking a canal with boat traffic
Lake

Lake Boats - North Dock Area

Can take a Dragon Boat across the lake. It lands at a small Island connected to the shore path by a famous arched bridge.
Lake

Lake Boats - East Dock Area

Dock is on a amall island connected to lakeshore walk by the ancient stone bridge.
Bridge

The Seventeen Arched Bridge

ancient engineering works
Lake

Willow Lakeshore Walk

very special in mild, calm, and misty conditions
Lake

Lakeshore gardens and landcapes

World Heritage Site

Opera Perform Area near here

Traditional live Chinese Opera performances, on a traditional multi-layer stage with audience seating. Store and facilities nearby. Included in general admission.
Photo

Brass Statue Artwork

Metro

Subway

Metro

Subway

Station near North entrance, good start location, less climbing

6 comments

  • Photo of mclivancouver

    mclivancouver Jan 18, 2016

    View over canals from bridge inside North Entrance Gate https://www.wikiloc.com/walking-trails/the-imperial-summer-palace-beijing-china-11987837/photo-7340327

  • Photo of mclivancouver

    mclivancouver Jan 19, 2016

    Station near North entrance, good start location, less climbing /outdoor-trails/the-imperial-summer-palace-beijing-china-11987837#wp-11987856

  • Photo of mclivancouver

    mclivancouver Jan 19, 2016

    View from East Balcony. https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/the-imperial-summer-palace-beijing-china-11987837#wp-11987845/photo-7340395

  • Photo of mclivancouver

    mclivancouver Jan 19, 2016

    A Dragon Boat, available to cross lake to the arched bridge. https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/the-imperial-summer-palace-beijing-china-11987837#wp-11987847/photo-7340389

  • Photo of mclivancouver

    mclivancouver Jan 19, 2016

    On the Dragon Boat. https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/the-imperial-summer-palace-beijing-china-11987837#wp-11987847/photo-7340393

  • Photo of mclivancouver

    mclivancouver Jan 19, 2016

    Temple from boat during lake crossing. https://www.wikiloc.com/outdoor-trails/the-imperial-summer-palace-beijing-china-11987837#wp-11987848/photo-7340398

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