Get to know the history of the late Qing dynasty, the building and the destruction of the Yuanmingyuan, the two Opium Wars and their legacy. The unique part of this tour is the deep knowledge of your guide, an expert on Chinese culture & history.
What to Expect
The Old Summer Palace stands as a witness to the turbulent history of modern China. Originally conceived by the Kangxi Emperor as a small gift to his son, the palace was remodeled with ambitious grandeur by the Qianlong Emperor in the 18th century, and became the residence of the imperial court until the destruction brought by the Second Opium War in 1860.
Its peaceful lakes and gardens are an invitation to a relaxing walk all year long. Visitors come to admire the lotus blossoms and the black swans, rent a boat during the summer or step on the frozen lakes when the winter brings its coldest days.
Throughout this walk, you will discuss the intrigues dividing the Qing court, the surging popularity of tea and the trade imbalance which led the British to engage in illicit opium trade, the upheavals caused by the Opium Wars and the impact these events have had to this day.
- Entrance to attractions
- Professional guide
What's Not Included
- Food and drink
- Hotel drop-off and pickup
Know Before You Go
• A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
• A maximum of 6 people per tour