The Summer Palace – with huge lake, hilltop views and energising walks – offers a pastoral escape into the landscapes. Here is China of the past, the lost empire. You can have the whole park almost to yourself early morning. You feel you are part of history. Go back into another era - peace, beauty and nature remain, overshadowing the tempests, conspiracies and bloodshed that marked a period in history. The stories around these places are what make them come alive.
It’s a nice place to relax. As walk among the buildings, imagine yourself in years past actually living there, rowing across the lake with your beloved. It’s a good place to visit with family or friends. Walk along the West Causeway to return along the east shore. It gets me away from the crowds, the views are gorgeous.