The Old Summer Palace, originally called the Imperial Gardens and sometimes called the Winter Palace, was a complex of palaces and gardens. Widely perceived as the pinnacle work of Chinese imperial garden and palace design, the Old Summer Palace was known for its extensive collection of gardens, building architecture and numerous art and historical treasures. Constructed throughout the 18th and early 19th centuries, the Old Summer Palace was the main imperial residence of Emperor Qianlong of the Qing dynasty and his successors, and it was where they handled state affairs. The Old Summer Palace was reputed as the “Garden of Gardens” in its heyday. Generally speaking, the Old Summer Palace consists of three parts - Yuanmingyuan, Wanchunyuan (the Garden of Blossoming Spring) and Changchunyuan (the Garden of Eternal Spring). It embodies the essence of Chinese ancient landscape gardening.
Ticket for the Main Entrance: 10 RMB
Site of European Palaces Scenic Zone: 15 RMB
Model Exhibition of Yuanmingyuan during its Flourishing Period: 10 RMB
Pass Ticket: 25 RMB
Tel: 010 - 62628501; 010 - 82670330; 010 - 62543673
Opening hours: May-August: 07:00-19:00
April, September and October: 07:00-18:00
January, February, March, November and December: 07:00-17:30
Address: No. 28 Qinghua Xi Road, Haidian District, Beijing
By Subway: Take Subway Line 4 to Yuanmingyuan Station (Exit B) to the south gate of the park.
By Bus: South Gate: Take Bus No. 331, 432, 438, 498, 508, 579, 594, 601, 664, Yuntong 124, Special Line 18 or 19, or Sightseeing Bus 3 and get off at Yuanmingyuan Nanmen Station.
East Gate: Take Bus No. 365, 429, 432, 562, 614, 664, 681, 699, 717, 982, Yuntong 105, 124, 126, or Special Line 4 and get off at Yuanmingyuan Dongmen Station.
West Gate: Take Bus No. 333 Inner, 333 Outer, 393, 437, 438, 476, 498, 509, 534, 636, or Special Line 6, or Yuntong 106, 108, 114 or 118 and get off at Saoziying Station.