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Summer Palace Pictures – Summer Palace Photo Gallery

Saturday, September 15th, 2018
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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
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

Any questions, just drop a line.

Beijing Modern Architecture Pictures

Friday, August 24th, 2018
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I’ve just made a list of Beijing modern buildings ‘photos, far from a complete list. If you are interested in Beijing’s contemporary buildings during your Beijing tour, you may look at these listed pictures and then take your own photos to make up this list.

Architectures are booming in Beijing with the vanishing of hutongs and old residential areas. Beijing modern buildings are mainly clustered along the East Second Ring Road, East Chang’an Avenue and CBD.

If you want to take the pictures of all the modern buildings, you will become dehydrated. Armed with a smart phone, I used two hours to catch the images of some of thebuildings. Walking on the streets of Beijing is appealing, giving you a strong sense of history of reminding the past while also moving forward.

The East Second Ring Road is lined with numerous modern office buildings.

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Standing on the Dongsishitian Bridge overlooking the north-south East Second Ring Road featuring plentiful modern architectures.

Standing on the Dongsishitian Bridge overlooking the north-south East Second Ring Road featuring plantiful modern architectures.

The round buildings on the left of the second ring road is Galaxy Soho.
The round buildings on the left of the secong ring road is Galaxy Soho.

The round buildings on the left of the second ring road is Galaxy Soho.

China CITIC Bank, a modern European Style building.
China CITIC Bank, a modern European Style buidling.

China CITIC Bank, a modern European Style building.

Agricultural Bank of China
Agricultural Bank of China

Agricultural Bank of China

The two buildings for Zhonghui Plaza and Minementals Building
The two buildingds fort Zhonghui Plaza and Minementals

The two buildings fort Zhonghui Plaza and Minementals Building

China Telecom and China Ocean Oil Company office buildings
China Telecom and China Ocean Oil Company office buildings

China Telecom and China Ocean Oil Company office buildings

The New Poly Plaza
The New Poly Plaza

The New Poly Plaza

Minementals and more office buildings on the east second ring road
Minementals and more office buidlings on the east second ring road

Minementals and more office buildings on the east second ring road

A modern building with green façade
A modern Buidling with with green facade

A modern building with green façade

CCTV Headquarters Office Building on the CBD area
CCTV Headquarters Office Building

CCTV Headquarters Office Building

The Fortune Center buildings
The Fortune Center Buidlings

The Fortune Center buildings

China World Summit Wing
China World Summit Wing,

China World Summit Wing,

More modern buildings on the CBD area
More modern buidings on the CBD area

More modern buildings on the CBD area

Park Hyatt Beijing Hotel
Park Hyatt Beijing Hotel

Park Hyatt Beijing Hotel

Twin Towers on Chang’an Avenue
Twin Towers on Chang'an Avenue

Twin Towers on Chang’an Avenue

Jianguo Soho
Jianguo Soho

Jianguo Soho

Buildings around Dabeiyao at CBD
Buildings around Dabeiyao at CBD

Buildings around Dabeiyao at CBD

National Center for the Performing Arts
National Center for the Performing Arts

National Center for the Performing Arts

 

Tip:  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 Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

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


How to Visit Grand Canal in Hangzhou.
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
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.

The Best Place to Watch Sunrise in Beijing

Friday, August 17th, 2018
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Looking for a romantic place to capture the sunrise in the downtown Beijing area on your Beijing tour? There is no better place in than Jingshan Park sitting on the centre of the north-south axis of Beijing.

The hill in Jingshan Park is 45.7 meters at relative height and 94.2 at sea level, the highest sea-level viewpoint in Beijing where you are able to have a panoramic view of the city of Beijing – East: Beijing Central Business District; South: Forbidden City; West: the Beihai Park and the North: Drum Tower and Bell Tower on the north-south axis of Beijing.

Tips for watching the sunrise from the hilltop of Jingshan Park
1. It is important to know when the sun will rise and set. Different day and season has its unique sunrise or sunset time. Check Beijing Real Time Photos for the general ideal of the sunrise time.

2. It is better to get up early to be on the hilltop of Jingshan Park and have ample time to check the surroundings and understand where would be a good spot to take pictures. The shortcoming is that the official opening hour of Jingshan Park is set at 6:30am, which makes some seasons, especially summer time impossible to capture the first rays of the sunrise. The sunrise time from March to October is after 6:30am in Beijing. That means people cannot watch the first rays of sunrise from the hill top of Jingshan Park.

3. So the best time for watching the sunrise from Jingshan Park falls on later autumn (November) to the early spring (February) when the sunrise time is after 6:30am, the opening hour for Jingshan Park.

4. Though the time between March and October is not the good time for watching the sunrise from Jingshan Park, basically it won’t deter you to go there for a splendid sunrise experience! Before you clamber up the hilltop of Jingshan waiting for the sunrise, you are advised to go to the northwest corner outside the moat of Forbidden City, a perfect spot capturing the first rays of sunrise over Forbidden City and the moat, an amazing supplement for the shame caused by the improper opening hour of Jingshan Park.

After watching the sunrise over the moat and Forbidden City, continue to walk to the Jingshan Park to watch the sunrise already a bit higher over skyline in the east of Beijing.

How to get to Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park is located just across the north gate to Forbidden City. Jingshan Park has three gates with south gate facing the north exit of Forbidden City. At such early hour in the morning, you’d better take a taxi from your hotel, and ask your taxi driver to drop you off at any of the three gates – east, west and south.

Opening hours: 6:30 am – 9:00pm. Entrance fee: RMB 2 (RMB10 per person during Peony Festival April and May). Basically it takes 3-5 minutes to walk up to the hilltop of the a park. On the hill, there are five pavilions with Wanchun Pavilion perched in the middle along Beijing’s North-south axis and two couple of pavilions on both side the Wanchun Pavilion. The Wanchun Pavilion is the best spot to watch the sunrise.

If the sunrise time is before the opening time of the Jingshan Park, you may go to the northwest corner outside the moat of Forbidden City, a perfect spot capturing the first rays of sunrise over Forbidden City and the moat, a amazing supplement for the shame caused by the improper opening hour of Jingshan Park.

For information on Jingshan Park, please read my earlier post of Jingshan Park not to be missed  and Sunset View at Jingshan Park.

Now, follow me to experience the sunrise from Jingshan Park.

Leaving my home around 5:50am and drive directly to the west gate to Jingshang Park. After parking my car at the parking lot west of the west gate,  I have to walk fast to the northwest corner of Forbidden City to catch the rising sun since it has been already 6:00am, a sunrise time today!

It is a 3-5 minute walk from the parking lot to the northwest corner of Forbidden City. To my pleasant surprise, there have been already a few crazy people there chatting, and taking pictures. This is a perfect spot to shoot the magnificent turret of Forbidden City and its reflection on the moat.

there have been already a few crazy people there chatting and taking pictures 1

there have been already a few crazy people there chatting and taking pictures 1

It is a cloudy today and the sunrise is blurred and shreds dotted rays, adding much colors to the skyline decorating the Turret ornately.
adding much colors to the skyline decorating the Turrent ornately.

adding much colors to the skyline decorating the Turret ornately.

The sun defies the blocking of the clouds and gives out radiant rays.
The sun defies the blocking of the clouds and gives out radiant rays.1

The sun defies the blocking of the clouds and gives out radiant rays.1

The red sunrise rays cut through the thick clouds with pretty reflections on the moat.
The red sunrise rays cut through the thick clouds with pretty reflections on the moat.

The red sunrise rays cut through the thick clouds with pretty reflections on the moat.

Mesmerized by the stunning view, I’ve almost forgotten the time. It is past 6:30am, so I walk quickly to the west gate to Jingshan Park and walk up to the hilltop – Wanchun Pavilion and enjoy myself with the whole city below me.

The sun has been higher over the skyline

The sun has been higher over the skyline

The sun has been higher over the skyline

Below the east sunrise is the skyline of the new CCTV office building, World Trade Center Phase 3 Building (at 330M Beijing’s Tallest)…

The rising sun finds a hole in the clouds and appears triumphantly

The rising sun finds a hole in the clouds and appears triumphantly

The rising sun finds a hole in the clouds and appears triumphantly

Wanchun Pavilion is the best place in the park to watch the sunrise.
Wanchun Pavilion is the best place in the park to watch the sunrise.1

Wanchun Pavilion is the best place in the park to watch the sunrise.1

In the north below my feet is the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.
the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.

the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.

In the north below my feet is the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.
the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.1

the massive Forbidden City looking brilliantly under a radiant rising sun.1

On the west is the famous Beihai Park with its beauty – White Stupa and the lake.
On the west is the famous Beihai Park with its beauty - White Stupa and the lake.

On the west is the famous Beihai Park with its beauty – White Stupa and the lake.

To the north is the Drum Tower and Bell Tower on the north-south axis of Beijing.
To the north is the Drum Tower and Bell Tower on the north-south axis of Beijing.

To the north is the Drum Tower and Bell Tower on the north-south axis of Beijing.

Watching the sunrise at Jingshan Park is a non-ending process for me!
Watching the sunrise at Jingshan Park is a non-ending process for me

Watching the sunrise at Jingshan Park is a non-ending process for me

 Surely, I will come back!
Surely, I will come back!

Surely, I will come back!

Tip:  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 Dinner & Night Boat Tour. from US$ 59P/P

Beijing by Night Illuminations Tour  from US$33 p/p

Beijing Hutong Highlight One Day Tour  from US$59 p/p

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


How to Visit Grand Canal in Hangzhou.
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
Beijing Shopping

Wangfujing Night Snack Street
Qianmen Commercial Street
Beijing Huguosi Street

For any questions, just drop a line.