Summer Palace Pictures – Summer Palace Photo Gallery

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Plan your Beijing tour on your first trip to Beijing? The Summer Palace is worth your visit that you cannot afford to miss.  The Summer Palace is located about 19km to the northwest of Beijing city center (Tiananmen Square). It is easily accessed by subway line 4 and a few bus lines. ||

The Summer Palace was listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in December 1998. It was crowned as “a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design”. The whole palace is designed and spreaded as a huge Chinese garden dominated by the Kunming Lake and the Longevity Hill.

The Summer Palace features a rich variety of Chinese gardens, corridors, palaces, pavilions, other classical-style architectural buildings. Now it has become a popular tourist attraction and a recreational park as well.

There are a few walking routes to visit the Summer Palace since it has four entrance gates. For more information on how to visit the Summer Palace, please visit the page of Tips for visiting Summer Palace.

Well, follow me to visit the Summer Palace through the New Palace Gate (south gate), then back to the  New Palace Gate, a loop tour of the Summer Palace. Check the Summer Palace Map while sitting on a bench for a good view of the lake and the longevity hill.

Walk along the East Dyke of Kunming Lake and move on to the core of the Summer Palace. 

Walk along the East Dyke of Kunming Lake and move on to the core of the Summer Palace.

Walk along the East Dyke of Kunming Lake and move on to the core of the Summer Palace.

On the route, visit the Wenchang Gallery that is the largest gallery of its kind in the Chinese classical gardens.
On the route, visit the Wenchang Gallery that is the largest gallery of its kind in the Chinese classical gardens.

On the route, visit the Wenchang Gallery that is the largest gallery of its kind in the Chinese classical gardens.

The green lotus leaves hold the Tower of Buddhist Incense.
The green lotus leaves hold the Tower of Buddhist Incense

The green lotus leaves hold the Tower of Buddhist Incense

View the Wenchang Gallery in a distance sandwiched by willows and pines
View the Wenchang Gallery in a distance sandwiched by willows and pines

View the Wenchang Gallery in a distance sandwiched by willows and pines

The former Court Area (the East Palace Gate, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity…)
The former Court Area (the East Palace Gate, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity

The former Court Area (the East Palace Gate, the Hall of Benevolence and Longevity

A good spot to take a photo of the Summer Palace
A good spot to take a photo of the Summer Palace

A good spot to take a photo of the Summer Palace

Amazed by the mesmerizing Kunming Lake
Amazed by the mesmerizing Kunming Lake

Amazed by the mesmerizing Kunming Lake

The total length of the Long Corridor is 728 meters, the longest corridor in the world.
The total length of the Long Corridor is 728 meters, the longest corridor in the world.

The total length of the Long Corridor is 728 meters, the longest corridor in the world.

Decorated Paifang in Summer Palace
Decorated Paifang in Summer Palace

Decorated Paifang in Summer Palace

The Tower of Buddhist Incense atop the Longevity Hill, is the highest building in the Summer Palace.
The Tower of Buddhist Incense atop the Longevity Hill, is the highest building in the Summer Palace.

The Tower of Buddhist Incense atop the Longevity Hill, is the highest building in the Summer Palace.

The Cloud-Dispelling Hall on the slope of the Longevity Hill
The Cloud-Dispelling Hall on the slope of the Longevity Hill

The Cloud-Dispelling Hall on the slope of the Longevity Hill

The 7 animals on the eaves of the The Cloud-Dispelling Hall
The 7 animals on the eaves of the The Cloud-Dispelling Hall

The 7 animals on the eaves of the The Cloud-Dispelling Hall

A panoramic view of the Summer Palace on the platform below the Tower of Buddhist Incense.
A panoramic view of the Summer Palace on the platform below the Tower of Buddhist Incense

A panoramic view of the Summer Palace on the platform below the Tower of Buddhist Incense

Longevity Hill is accompanied by a group of buildings
Longevity Hill is accompanied by a group of buildings

Longevity Hill is accompanied by a group of buildings

Boats are dotted on the Kunming Lake against the backdrop of the CCTV Tower.
Boats are dotted on the Kunming Lake against the backdrop of the CCTV Tower.

Boats are dotted on the Kunming Lake against the backdrop of the CCTV Tower.

The Summer Palace is an oasis in the cement jungle of Beijing.
The Summer Palace is an oasis in the cement jungle of Beijing.

The Summer Palace is an oasis in the cement jungle of Beijing.

The Marble Boat “docked” at the end of the Long Corridor in the Summer Palace.
The Marble Boat docked at the end of the Long Corridor in the Summer Palace.

The Marble Boat docked at the end of the Long Corridor in the Summer Palace.

The ferry boat leaves from the pier at the Marble Boat in Summer Palace
The ferry boat leaves from the pier at the Marble Boat in Summe Palace

The ferry boat leaves from the pier at the Marble Boat in Summe Palace

Inside the sightseeing ferry boat
Inside the sightseeing ferry boat

Inside the sightseeing ferry boat

The ferry boats shuttle between the piers at the Marble Boat and the 17-Arch Bridge. A close look at the Cloud-Dispelling Hall and the Tower of Buddhist Incense on the slope of the Longevity Hill
A close look at the Cloud-Dispelling Hall and the Tower of Buddhist Incense

A close look at the Cloud-Dispelling Hall and the Tower of Buddhist Incense

Look at Kunming Lake towards Yuquan Hill with Yu Feng Pagoda
Look at Kunming Lake towards Yuquan Hill with Yu Feng Pagoda

Look at Kunming Lake towards Yuquan Hill with Yu Feng Pagoda

An ancient bronze ox is said to help prevent flooding. Back to the starting point
Back to the starting point

Back to the starting point

06611Tip:  Hassle-free Beijing Guided Tours
If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for guided tours to Beijing:

Beijing Highlight Day Tour from US$59 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Mutianyu Great Wall)
Beijing Classic City Tour from US$65 P/P
(Tiananmen + Forbidden City + Temple of Heaven + Summer Palace)
Beijing Excursion Tour from US$59 P/P
(Mutianyu Great Wall + Ming Tomb)
Beijing Hutong Highlight Tour from US$59 P/P
( Hutong + Rickshaw)

Mutianyu Great Wall Half Day Tour from US$55 p/p
Hike from Jiankou to Mutianyu Great Wall Day Tour from US$69 p/p

Mutianyu Great Wall Layover Tour from US$65 p/p
Beijing Highlight Layover Tour from US$75 p/p

Further Readings


Top 10 Attractions in Beijing
How to Visit Forbidden City
How to Visit Temple of Heaven
How to Visit Summer Palace
How to Visit Ming Tombs
How to Visit the Great Wall of China
How to Visit Tiananmen Square
How to Visit Hutongs
How to Visit Olympic Sites

Top 10 Markets in Beijing
Top 10 Shopping Malls in Beijing
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Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

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