The Summer Palace, Beijing, China. A gorgeous historic ensemble of palaces, lakes and gardens is found northwest of Beijing. It is protected by UNESCO and considered one of the finest examples of Chinese garden art: all different features – natural hills, lakes as well as pavilions, temples, bridges and palaces – make a harmonious and aesthetically compelling site.
First palace was built on the hill here in the 12th century – when emperor Wányán Liàng established a capital in Beijing. The design has been shaped by the artists throughout the centuries – they have adopted various styles from all over China. Today it is a popular recreational area, where visitors can enjoy a tranquil getaway from the busy city and have a nice walk, admiring lush greenery and impeccable architecture.
Why to go there?
The historic place, introducing to the authentic architecture and art of gardening of China. The site also provides nice views and outdoor activities.
When to go there?
All year round – each season has its own distinct appeal.
How to get there?
There is an easy access from Beijing by bus.
Lead photo by Haiwei Hu