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Summer Palace – A Beijing Landmark

The Summer Palace is a palace located some fifteen kilometres outside of central Beijing in China. Spanning an area of nearly three square kilometres the palace grounds constitute the biggest and best preserved royal park in the country. With its traditional Chinese landscaping and spectacular views, the park is considered the ‘Museum of Royal Gardens’. The artificial palaces, pavilions, temples, bridges and halls within the grounds have been designed to complement the natural landscape.

The Kunming Lake and Longevity Hill form the defining features of the Summer Palace. The lake spans an area of 2.2 square kilometres and is manmade. The soil dug up was used to create Longevity Hill. The hill is around two hundred metres tall and supports several buildings. Longevity Hill was previously known as Gold Mountain and Jug Hill. Its current name was given by Emperor Qianlong in 1749 when he commissioned extensive landscaping on the hill. The Summer Palace was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998 and it is currently a highly popular tourist spot in Beijing. Tourists visiting the Chinese capital should definitely try and visit if time permits.

Opening hours are between 7 am and 5 pm from November to March and between 6.30 am and 6 pm from April to October. A fee additional to the entrance fee is charged for entry into certain parts such as the Dehe Garden, Wenchang Hall, Tower of Buddhist Incense and Suzhou Street and Danning Hall. There are plenty of buses that go past the Summer Palace and the nearest subway stations are the Xiyuan Station and the Beigongmen Station.

Beijing is not simply the capital of China but is also at the heart of commerce, politics, science and tourism in the country. The city is home to many of China’s iconic attractions such as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Tourists looking for a good Beijing hotel close to the city’s renowned landmarks can try the Raffles Beijing Hotel. Considered one of the finest 5 Star hotels in Beijing it is within easy reach of Beijing’s best restaurants and shopping centres and is a terrific place to stay.

What to Pack for A Summer Vacation? Some Valuable Tips!

The weather is turning warmer, with the red-hot ball in sky approximating the earth. You people in India, especially the ones in North and middle plains, tend to scurry away and hide from the scorching heat at this time. Tons of you may have been planning for a vacation to beat the heat, particularly to the hilly regions. So if you too have been seeking for the same, here is my guide for the essentials you need to bring for a gratifying summer holiday, no matter it is domestically or to somewhere abroad.

General Tips:

Check out the Weather at The Place You’re Heading to: Google the destination you’re going to and collect as much as possible info about it. Check the temperature, high, low and average, at that particular time of the month you’ll be there. Since it is summer in India, temperature at the hill stations in Himalaya or other mountains would probably be neither too hot nor too cool. So pack the summer cloths including a few shorts and half-sleeved t-shirts.

Cognize the Airline Luggage Policy: Before packing your travel bags, it also makes sense to acknowledge the luggage limits of the airline you’re travelling with. It would be like a nightmare if you get to know at the airport that your luggage is too heavy to be checked. So inquire it in advance and pack accordingly.

Pack Your Clothes In Two Bags: I hope you’ve heard of ‘Luggage Lost’. This can happen to anyone! So be smart enough to deal with such sort of situation. If you’ve some clothes in another bag, the situation wouldn’t be worst.

Moreover, keep some extra space in your luggage for the things you may buy during your vacation. However, buying an extra bag over there can serve the purpose.


Clothing: Well, ‘how much to carry’ depends upon the time you’ll spend there, members in your group and type of vacation, but for ‘what-to-pack’, you must know the weather and cultural norms at your travel destination. For a hilly getaway, I would suggest you to carry the light cotton clothes. Don’t keep extra burden of heavy jeans: two or three are enough for a week long holiday. Loose track paints with half sleeved t-shirts would be easy to carry and comfy to wear. Shorts are always handy for a summer vacation, especially if you have hiking or trailing in mind. They don’t take too much space in your bag either.

Footwear: Undoubtedly, the sport shoes which are comfortable to wear. Expert travelers recommend carrying used shoes, instead of the newly brought ones. A pair of comfortable sandals would be useful at time of wandering around markets or sightseeing place.

Cosmetic: Don’t go with your heavy make-up kit; instead keep some useful products only! Carrying shampoo and oil in pouches would be a great idea. It would be easy, lighter and less spacious to pack them. A pair of sunglasses, sunscreen and mosquito repellent should be there in your kit. Avoid packing expensive jewelry in any case.

I hope that you wouldn’t forget your camera with extra memory card, phone and your favorite book (if you happen to be a book-geek like me) at home.