Private tour

Beijing: Summer Palace Tour with Optional Yuanming Yuan

Beijing: Summer Palace Tour with Optional Yuanming Yuan

From $93.42 per group up to 1

Join a guided tour of the Summer Palace to experience royal Chinese architecture. Add an optional tour to Yuanming Yuan, the famous "Garden of Gardens" that was destroyed in the Opium War.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 3 - 5.5 hours
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Live tour guide
Chinese, English
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  • Explore the Summer Palace on a guided tour
  • Learn all about Ancient Beijing with an expert guide
  • Admire great views of the scenic Kunming Lake
  • Add an optional tour to the Yuanming Yuan ruins
Full description
Head back to Ancient Beijing on a 3-hour private guided tour of the Summer Palace with your entry ticket included. After heading to the meeting point or being picked up from your hotel, start the journey to explore the favorite palaces of many Chinese emperors.  You’ll enter from the Northern Gate. Admire the pagodas and scenic views of Kunming Lake from the top of the hill. Then visit the famous Marble Boat, a pavilion on the lake where your guide will bring stories of emperors to life. Take an optional cruise on the lake to take amazing photos of the Summer Palace with the add-on. Nearby, you’ll explore the Long Corridor and its artistic decorations and paintings. At one end lived the Emperor's beloved Consort Zhen and at the other end, the Hall of Joy and Longevity was the living quarters of the powerful Empress Dowager Cixi. Before ending the Summer Palace tour, see the renowned 17-Arch Bridge. You can choose to end the tour at the East Gate of Summer Palace. Alternatively, take the optional tour to the ruins of Yuanming Yuan, the Emperor's famous "Garden of Gardens". You’ll visit the Haiyantang Zodiac fountain, and the Western Mansions, one of the best examples of ancient garden architecture. Hear all about the Opium Wars and how it affected the history of China. Feel free to roam the site after your tour or get personalized tips from your expert guide to make your visit extra special.
  • Guided tour of the Summer Palace
  • Admission to Summer Palace
  • Yuanming Yuan guided tour (if option selected)
  • Hotel pickup (if option selected)
  • 20-minute cruise at Summer Palace (if add-on selected at checkout)
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Your guide will be waiting at Ground level, Exit D, Beigongmen station. Please arrive 15 minutes before the activity starts. Address in Chinese: 北京市海淀区新建宫门路19号地鉄站D出口

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Strollers and baby carriers cannot be accommodated on this activity
  • A moderate level of walking and being able to climb steps is required for this activity
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Product ID: 391413