The Old Summer Palace

The Old Summer Palace

Also known as Yuanmingyuan, the old Summer Palace has been described as the "Garden of Gardens" and the “Versailles of the East” before fire ate up all its glory and left ruins in its wake. It may not be as magnificent as other attractions in China that have been well-preserved, but it's an important part of the country’s history that you must witness with your own eyes.

From what was left of the palace, you will see how splendid its construction is—tall towers, stately temples, marble palaces, and an extensive collection of pools, fountains, and gardens.

Three parts make up the old Summer Palace, Changchunyuan (the Garden of Eternal Spring), Wanchunyuan (the Garden of Blossoming Spring), and Yuanmingyuan. Designed to be unique, the gardens and horticulture were built to showcase a blend of Western architecture and Chinese scenery.

A park has been built on the site of the ruins to give visitors a glimpse of the former grandeur of the old palace. There are reconstructed structures and scenic spots where you can relax and enjoy the view.

Make sure to visit from June to August when the Lotus Festival is held.

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