Steps from the East Gate of the Summer Palace, Aman Summer Palace is ideally placed to explore both the history and energy of the Chinese capital

Adventures in Beijing

One of the world’s richest repositories of ancient monuments, Beijing is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 260-year-old Summer Palace, the gates of which sit at Aman Summer Palace’s doorstep. In addition to the palace’s sculpted grounds and masterful architecture, nearby opportunities for discovery can be found at the Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, the Forbidden City and in the maze of artists’ workshops spread across the metropolis


Experts in traditional arts such as calligraphy and paper cutting regularly visit Aman Summer Palace to demonstrate their craft and aid guests with their own creations

The 2,000-year-old art of kite-making is one such craft that lives on across China, with six regional types and an artisanal tradition that involves bamboo carving and painting


Craftsmen keep alive the centuries-old traditions that define the city’s cultural heritage, from carved lacquer to tapestries

Explore the studios and shops to watch the artisans at work, or simply explore the maze-like alleyways of hutongs that provide a glimpse into the ancient communal living of courtyard residences.


The longest man-made structure in the world, the great wall is a monument to human achievement and the culture that created it

Visit remote spots on foot or with a private guide who can explain the history and theory of the fortifications, which stretch for thousands of kilometres


Constructed in the early 15th century, the temple of heaven is a masterpiece of architecture and landscape design

The Ming-era temple complex covers 273 hectares across a symbolic combination of ornate structures and parkland that represents the composition of the universe


Explore the natural splendour and ornate architecture of the 290-hectare summer palace grounds by boat or on foot

Built in 1750, the palace served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat and is now surrounded by gardens, pavilions, bridges and a three-storey theatre


Home to 24 emperors, the forbidden city reflects the scale of china itself, with 999 original buildings and 9,999 rooms

The 15th-century imperial palace now houses a museum dedicated to the treasures of the Ming and Qing dynasties.

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