The Dowager and the Dynasty: A Walk at Beijing’s Summer Palace

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10:00 AM
By Request

On this tour, walk around the beautiful lakeshores and garden hillsides of the Summer Palace while discussing the life and legacy of the Empress Dowager Cixi. 

About this Journey

On this walking tour, we’ll learn about the The Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) and the famous Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) she built and ruled from. The Empress Dowager Cixi is one of the most notorious figures in Modern Chinese history. For nearly a half-century, she used her cunning and connections to rule China. As we meander along the beautiful lakeshores and garden hillsides of her magnificent palace, we will discuss the life and legacy of this fascinating historical figure. We’ll consider the reasons behind her scandalous reputation and look at the final years of the Qing Dynasty, the last empire to rule China. 


What We Love
  • - Strolling along the beautiful lakeshores and garden hillsides of the Summer Palace
  • - Learning the history of the complicated Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908)


  • ~ 3 hours of standing / brisk walking


  • 10:00 AMFor dates and private tours, please inquire.


  • Walking

What’s Included:

  • Local Guide
  • Entrance Fees

What’s Excluded:

  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Transportation to and from start and end points
  • Expenses of a personal nature

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