The Summer Palace is just gorgeous and definitely a must-see spot for those visiting Beijing for the first time. The sheer size of the grounds is inconceivable; I don’t think I’ve covered everything yet, but the marble boat and Seventeen Arch Bridge are well worth a visit. Close to the east gate also lies Aman, which offers great afternoon tea; the complex is housed in a series of pavilions, some of which date back over a century and were originally used by guests of the Summer Palace awaiting an audience with the Empress Dowager Cixi.
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