visit world heritage sites from our luxury resort
Four UNESCO-World Heritage Sites - the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall are easily accessible from Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing, with the Summer Palace in walking distance and the Great Wall just a one and a half hours' drive away. The 290-hectare Summer Palace is immediately adjacent to the resort. Built in 1750, it long served the Qing Dynasty as an imperial retreat, used to escape the summer heat of the Forbidden City. During the reign of Emperor Qianlong, from 1736 to 1795, the Summer Palace assumed its current layout, although it was the Empress Dowager Cixi who had the most influence on the Palace, as she had to rebuild it after it was destroyed by Allied Forces in 1860. Today the Summer Palace encompasses the contemplative Kunming Lake as well as a variety of palaces and gardens. The home of emperor's since the Ming dynasty, the Forbidden City is the physical core and historical heart of old Beijing. Another signature attraction, the Temple of Heaven was the site of annual sacrifices by the emperors to heaven. The Great Wall needs no introduction, it is a 'must see' for any visitor to East Asia.
browse the finest craftsmanship of beijing
Beijing's finest craftsmen keep alive the city's cultural heritage. Encounters with master artisans of imperial-style snuff-bottles, carved lacquer, bronze-ware, bows, tapestries, embroidery, shoes, miniatures that recreate the past, and toys such as traditional kites and delicate kongzhus (yoyo-like spool-shaped toys spun on lengths of string) - are but a handful of unique experiences a stay at Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing will offer you.
explore beijing’s maze of hutongs
Recently 'protected' due to their ever-decreasing number, Beijing's hutongs are maze-like alleyways made up of courtyard residences built with incredible attention to detail and in accordance with the principles of feng shui. Those surviving around Qianmen and Dazhalan are some of the most famous in the city.