Beijing - Summer Palace: The Imperial Park

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Summer Palace: The Imperial Park

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(19 reviews)
Beijing, Beijing, China
45 mins

About the tour

The Summer Palace in Beijing is a historic imperial garden that integrates numerous traditional halls and pavilions. It was conceived by the Qing emperor Qianlong between 1750 and 1764 and it is the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, so it has been recognized as 'The Museum of Royal Gardens'. Based on the Chinese philosophy of balancing the works of man with nature, the Summer Palace uses Kunming Lake, the former reservoir of the Yuan dynasty’s capital, and Longevity Hill as the basic framework. It contains over 3,000 man-made ancient structures, including pavilions, towers, bridges, corridors, etc. The Summer Palace combines political and administrative, residential, spiritual, and recreational functions within a landscape of lakes and mountains. Even though it has been destroyed several times in history, it was restored and has been a public park since 1924. Follow our guide to show you the best part of this imperial park which we can access. Unfortunately, some tour areas have limited signal quality that we can’t control. We apologize if this happens and always use the feedback to look for better routes.

Meet Jenny's China Tours

Jenny's China Tours

Jenny’s China Tours provides custom and private tours to Shanghai, Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Guilin and throughout China. Our guides are China experts, speak great English and love sharing the history and culture of China with visitors. We have been delighted to share different parts of China virtually with new friends. We look forward to your visit. Meet our guides: • Cassie: Our Chengdu expert was born in Chengdu and shares the life of Pandas, city culture and history with energy and enthusiasm. She has been an expert guide since 2013 and loves travel, public speaking and meeting people from different cultures. • Alice: Probably our most outgoing guide, Alice is our Shanghai expert and goes above and beyond with every tour to make sure customers are happy and fulfilled. An avid traveller, she is the consummate professional and is always eager to share the history and culture of Shanghai. • Amber: Our Beijing expert became a tour guide after graduating college and has a passion for travel and is always planning her next trip. She delights in sharing the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the culture of Beijing. • Susan: Our expert Chengdu guide loves sharing Chengdu culture and history with visitors. She also has a passion for reading and has visited over 20 countries! This has helped her understand each country’s unique culture. • Apple: You won’t meet a more optimistic guide than our Shanghai expert Apple. As a local Shanghainese, she shares the city’s rapid ascent to modernity along with historic treasures of the Bund, Tianzifang and old Shanghai. • Eva: Our Xi’an expert is a master guide with over 16 years of experience and loves sharing the history of Xi’an’s Terra Cotta Warriors, the last standing city wall all of Xi’an’s famous spots. She never misses a question and eager to share. • Sally: As a native Xi’an resident, Sally is an expert on her hometown and enjoys sharing its history and secrets. As a guide of over 20 years and a degree from Xi’an Foreign Language University, you won’t find a better ambassador to get to know Xi’an. • Yvonne: Our Guilin expert, Yvonne, used to be a translator before becoming a guide with over 15 years of experience now. With impeccable English and knowledge of Guilin, she lovers showing the amazing sights and history of this unique region of China. •Lee: Lee lives in a province called Qinghai in North Western China. his hometown is located at an intersection between the ancient Silk Road and the Tibetan plateau. It is rich in unique landscapes and diverse ethnic culture. Lee has worked as an interpreter and a guide specialising in adventure travel; he loves spending time in the natural world!

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We’re travelling to Beijing with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you’ll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing content creator.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your content creator directly from Beijing. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your content creator and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to join, but you have the option to leave a tip during the tour.

The majority of your tip goes directly to support the channel, while the rest helps Heygo continue to build a place that brings the world closer together.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

Reviews from travellers

Teresa B.

19 April 2021

Amber's tour was interesting in spite of the tech problems. She tried her best and 8n the end was still enjoyable to see and know a new culture.

pat m.

18 April 2021

Super !!!

Nina W.

17 April 2021

Amber gives a good tour...so much to see and learn about. Unfortunately signal issues were not her fault but they affected how much we could really see as some periods were too blurry and poor sound. Amber makes every effort to get a better signal and will walk around subjects in order to do so. A lot of interesting history discussed. Lucky to be able to see such an incredible Summer Palace and get to get some views of the incredible Emporer’s summer residence...concubines in tow.

Edith N.

17 April 2021

Amber, I so appreciate how hard you work and how passionate and knowledgeable you are about China and showing these important sites to visitors around the world. The summer palace has some beautiful parts to it - I think you will need to figure out your signal places a bit more before doing this tour again as you really had to spend too much time managing the ongoing problem with the picture and sound rather than focus on the tour. You also have the added issue of crowds to manage - I am impressed how you kept yourself on the tour with all these things going on. It would have been nice to see a few more of the paintings / stories that you pick out specifically to share from the walkways. I am looking forward to your other tours - I know you will work hard to figure out these pain points whether it is your equipment, the location, or Heygo technology. See you again soon!

Ceanethia R.

17 April 2021

What a beautiful city! The bad news is the place that Amber took us was not conducive for a virtual tour because of connectivity. The good news is Amber aborted Plan A and went to Plan B and we momentarily enjoyed a view of the waterfront. The challenging situation is Plan B was better than Plan A but had obstacles with connectivity as well...so much so that it compromised viewing. I give Amber 4 stars because the bulk of the tour that was seen, really was really good. We learned a some history while seeing some extraordinary structures and sights. Many places in the world are going to have connection issues. That’s a fact. Some of the best locations may have to be sacrificed because of that issue. However, finding a location where connectivity is at least 80% effective will be a good start and build a tour around that location.

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