There's no better place to ponder China's imperial past than by riding in a Chinese imperial boat at the Old Summer Palace. Yuanmingyuan
's boating season has just begun, and guests are welcome to ride across Kunming lake while admiring Fragrant Hills in the distance. There
are currently two boat routes available. One starts from the dock near
the park's south gate that ends at the Fanghu Scenic dock by the west
entrance of Xiyanglou ruins (25RMB per person, one way). The other
option is from the Haiyue Kaijin docks to the park's exhibition hall
dock by the Black Swan district (15RMB per person, one way). Boat rental
deposits range from 200-400RMB depending on type of boat. Four-seater
electric boats cost 100RMB per hour, six-seater electric boats 150RMB
per hour and pedal boats will set you back 60RMB for each hour.
Hours During March, April and October, its hours are 7am-8pm with last tickets at 6pm. From May to September, entry is from 7am-9pm with last tickets at 7pm.
Park entry 25RMB for entrance to the park and attractions; 10RMB just for park access; free for children under 1.2metres.
Find it 28 Qinghua Xi Lu, Haidian district (6254 3673).
Photo: Official WeChat account