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Kunming Lake

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Very Calm and Peaceful

I sat on my folding stool and enjoyed the beauty of this man-made lake. Many features of the lake were inspired by natural scenery in the southern region of Yangtze River. It... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 12 November 2016
Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 November 2016

I sat on my folding stool and enjoyed the beauty of this man-made lake. Many features of the lake were inspired by natural scenery in the southern region of Yangtze River. It was very calm and peaceful.

Thank RayParks
Bengaluru, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016

We were there in winter so the lake was frozen over and beautiful. There were a few people ice swimming. It was brilliant

Thank Tamf1
Chintheche, Malawi
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 May 2016

My visit was on Mother’s Day, a beautiful, sunny spring day. My private guide chose to enter through the Eastern Gate, we walked the length of the Long Gallery, the flowering trees and other spring flowers were a special treat. I really enjoyed to be surrounded by lots of Chinese families in a happy mood. Lake Kunming is stunning, there... More 

Thank Stella F
Paranaque, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Another man-made lake that gives the Summer Palace its breathtaking aura. What the city lacks in natural landscape more than makes up for its ingenuity.

Thank ECLadines
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Located at the back of the Summer Palace is this man-made lake. We rented a pedal boat for an hour and it was quite pleasant as we managed to take some photos.

Thank Edgar P
The Hague, The Netherlands
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016 via mobile

This huge man made lake is part of the summer palace. The sand where now the lake is, was used to make the mountain where upon the palace is build. It is huge. If you want to walk around the whole lake, bring good walking shoes, takes you at least half a day.

Thank AlexisvanDam
Adria, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2016

This is a breath-taking sight when you first get to the top of Longevity Hill. An enormous lake - in Beijing they don't do "small"!

Thank FTMDave
Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2015

We took a boat ride across this very large lake when visiting the Summer Palace. It is such a beautiful and peaceful sight even when there are crowds of people at the palace itself. There are places to sit and/or stand along the railing and just take some deep breaths and enjoy. Imagine the emperor coming to this place to... More 

Thank IndyLiz2013
Torquay, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2015 via mobile

I came here 23 years ago and other than vendors and gift shops nothing obviously has changed. The sheer beauty of the lake was captivating and I wish I could have taken longer to appreciate it. But my flight was leaving that afternoon. I arrived before the hoards of Chinese tours and Westerners so I enjoyed the tranquillity of it... More 

Thank MatthewASharp
Beijing, Beijing, China
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

We live in Beijing for 11 years now, and every year we visit the Summer Palace in another season. The lake and surroundings are best in April - May with all the trees and shrubs flowering so rich.

Thank Arie B

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