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Top 10 Beijing by Andrew Humphreys

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Summer Palace (Yiheyuan)

A sprawling landscaped park on the edge of the city, this seasonal imperial retreat from the stifling confines of the Forbidden City was the favored haunt of Empress Cixi. She had it rebuilt twice: once after its destruction by French and English troops in 1860, and again in 1902, after it was plundered during the Boxer Rebellion.

  • 6 miles (10 km) NW of central Beijing

  • 6288 1144

  • Subway: Bagou, then bus 394

  • Open: Apr–Oct 6:30am–6pm (park), 8:30am–5pm (sights) daily. Nov–Mar 7am–5pm (park), 9am–4pm (sights) daily. Last admission 2 hrs before closing

  • Admission: ¥60 all inclusive, ¥30 park only

  • Audio guides are available for ¥40 (plus ¥200 deposit)

Empress Cixi

Cixi is remembered as one of China’s most powerful women. Having ...

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