While in Beijing, you must visit the Beijing Summer Palace. Not just for the grandeur of the Palace, or the scenery around the lake, but to experience the abundance of color exploding around every corner. The vibrancy of reds, oranges, greens and blues screams in a stark contrast to the grey skies of Beijing and delights the eyes with hidden treats of intricate designs on every surface.
Can you tell I loved the Summer Palace, just a bit?
The Summer Palace, like most tourist sites we visited in China, was also extremely packed with tourists. These are a few tips I have for visiting the Summer Palace:
- Go early – we arrived around 8:30am.
- Take an Uber rather than a taxi – its cheaper and your car icon is red!
- If you own a longer camera lens, pack it! The architectural designs of the Palace are a stunning capture.
- Rather than spend 40-100¥ on a boat to take you to beautiful views of the Summer Palace, grab an ice cream and walk the 15 minutes around the parameter of the lake.
The Summer Palace was one of my favorite outings in Beijing and I could have spent an entire day exploring the grounds of the Palace. However, as the morning progressed, the droves of crowds flowed in, and I became slightly claustrophobic and was ready to head out for lunch.
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