Take a scenic boat trip to Summer Palace
In the western outskirts of Beijing, about 15 km from the city center houses a beautiful setting of the Summer Palace, an almost 300 year-old Imperial Garden dated back from the Qing Dynasty. As a summer retreat for royal families, Summer Palace was designed to create an airy abode full of natural vibe as well as to soothe, and to please the eye. Regarded as "a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design” by UNESCO, Summer Palace covers a massive area (about 290 hectares) and contains a lot of stunning views from natural landscape of hills, open water, lush gardens to man-made ancient structures including pavilions, halls, towers, palaces, temples, corridors, and bridges, which form a harmonious ensemble of prominent aesthetic value standing for the excellent Chinese traditional horticulture and architecture. There are three gates which offer three different tour routes visiting Summer Palace. Joining a scenic boat ride on Kunming Lake located inside the palace's campus is a highlight of each route and it's a great way to experience the majestic beauty of the place. Summer and Autumn months from April to October are the best time to visit Summer Palace due to the clean, sunny, and pleasant weather as well as great offer for photographic opportunities.