The Old Summer Palace is the remains of a palace and gardens that is situated in Beijing, China. The palace was the main residence of the Qianlong Emperor and his successors during the 18th and 19th century. The palace was widely known as the pinnacle work of Chinese imperial garden and palace design. The palace was completely demolished in 1860 by the British during the Opium War after the Chinese had tortured British and French delegates under a truce. Today, the gardens are open to the public and the remains of the palace are still visible.
If travelling by subway, take subway line 4 to ‘Yuanmingyuan Station’; the palace and gardens are a short walk away. If travelling by bus, take the 331, 432, 438, 498, 508, 579, 594, 601, 664, or Yuntong 124 and get off at ‘Yuanmingyuan Nanmen Station’.
Opening Times and Admission
Entry fee is set a 10CYN for adults, children under 4 ft in height enter for free. Old Summer Palace is open daily, 7am-7pm May to August, 7am-6pm April, September and October and 7am-5.30pm the rest of the year.