Aman Summer Palace Beijing
At a Glance
Set in ancient palace walls, the Aman Summer Palace is a one of the most exclusive and authentic properties in Beijing.
Be sure to explore the Summer Palace Gardens before the crowds build from the ‘secret’ back door from the Aman Summer Palace.
For a truly unique private dining experience, exclusive use of their traditional tea house can be arranged for dinner.
Cinema available for private hire complete with popcorn and a great list of movies.
Larger groups or families can take multiple courtyard rooms to give yourself ultimate privacy in your own courtyard.
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With scorching summers, cold winters, temperate springs and pleasant autumns, Beijing and its surrounding area experiences four distinct seasons. During the summer months, the mercury can reach over 40°C, bringing monsoon rains and extreme humidity, despite being the peak season for travel. From November through to March, northern winds whip through the city, seeing temperatures tumble to as low as -20°C in January, the coldest month. Springtime is windy yet pleasant, although sandstorms from Mongolia sweep through at this time of year making outdoor sightseeing uncomfortable. The Autumn months are the perfect time to travel, with fewer tourists and the most clement weather for exploring the city.
To start planning your holiday to Aman Summer Palace Beijing
With exclusive access to the Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Aman Beijing is a unique experience due to its stunning location, traditionally influenced design and unbeatable Aman service.
Aman at Summer Palace is located in a series of pavilions, the original dwellings used by guests of the Summer Palace who were awaiting an audience with the Empress. Built in 1750, the Summer Palace is a garden estate dotted with palaces around a lake, formerly used to escape the heat of the Forbidden City.
The Aman's rooms and suites reflect traditional Chinese architecture with a regal ambience. The property has been sympathetically designed to acknowledge the history and cultural importance of its location and the bedrooms reflect this; whether you are staying in a Room or a Suite, the history and culture surrounding the hotel strongly influence the decor and atmosphere.
Many exquisite dining options are available at Aman at Summer Palace including French Kaiseki, Western and Chinese, all in stunning, unique settings. Interesting touches include the cigar room at the bar and the music pavilion where musicians perform in the afternoons and evenings on warm days. Following a day exploring Beijing’s sights unwind with a treatment in the indulgent spa with a massage, facial or holistic body treatment or a swim in the hotel's enormous indoor lap pool.
The 43 Rooms and Suites at Aman at The Summer Palace feature authentically designed Ming Dynasty style furniture, Jin clay tiles, wooden screens and bamboo blinds crafted from traditional materials. There are ten Courtyard Guest rooms and eight Suites. The 17 Deluxe Suites vary - some have a combined bedroom and sitting room while in others they are separate - all feature king size beds, day beds, reading chairs and writing desks. The seven Courtyard Suites are even more spacious. The voluminous Imperial Suite has 3 separate pavilions and includes a lounge area, dining area and private courtyard.
Children are welcome at Aman at Summer Palace but there are no specific facilities except for babysitting which can be arranged on request.
Aman at Summer Palace has three restaurants serving a wide range of cuisines in beautiful settings; Naoki serves French Kaiseki fare which combines French and Japanese techniques and is served at an open kitchen with guests seated at a Japanese counter. The Chinese Restaurant serves traditional Cantonese and Peking specialities and in the main building the Lobby and Courtyard restaurants serve a variety of cuisines in elegant settings, each room specialising in a different cuisine. There is a cigar room and music pavilion where musicians perform in the afternoons and evenings. The fabulous spa has nine treatment rooms and offers a huge range of holistic treatments as well as yoga, pilates, a beauty salon, 25 metre indoor lap pool, gym, squash courts and personal trainers. There is also a well stocked library and the hotel's theatre has 37 leather recliner seats for films and television broadcasts.
Just a few steps from the East gate of the Summer Palace, enjoying this beautiful historical site is wonderfully convenient from The Aman. The Forbidden City is 15km away and attractions such as The Temple of Heaven and The Great Wall are also easily reached. Beijing's hutongs, markets, restaurants and shops are all well worth a visit and for something different, visits to home studios of local artists and the Chinese Dance Academy can be arranged.
Dominic Atterton (Staff)
Staying at the Aman Summer Palace feels like stepping into another world and another century. The hotel is made up of former residential quarters adjoining the summer palace itself and you can really feel the ancient air surrounding you as you wander through the maze of courtyards that make up the various rooms. Each courtyard has 3 or 4 rooms looking inwards to a pretty garden full of blossoming trees and calming water features. There are two fantastic restaurants a huge swimming pool and even a cinema to keep guests busy. The biggest draw though is the secret door which leads into the summer palace itself allowing guests after hours access to explore the magnificent palace away for the tourists.
Sophie Jones (Staff)
The Aman at the Summer Palace, takes the concept of a sense of place to a whole new level here where you stay in the courtyards which date back to the time to the creation of the Summer Palace. The design flows beautifully and feels like the perfect serene retreat just 40 minutes outside the hustle and bustle of Beijing. The hotel also has a completely secret feeling basement with a real 'wow' pool lit up with atmospheric lighting and also an enormous private cinema which you can book out for private film screenings.
Victoria Hogg (Staff)
Be sure to get up early one morning when the only people who have access to the Summer Palace are people who work there, a few select locals and guests of the Aman hotel. This was one of the highlights of my trip to China and it felt like another world, where you could imagine the Emperors of the past and what it would have been like so many years ago. I went for a long walk and it was so peaceful with just a few fishermen and the older generation flying kites from an idyllic bridge. Later on the Ballroom Dancing and Tai Chi classes arrived and this is such fun to watch and it is amazing how fit the older generation is! Aman at the Summer Palace are so lucky to have their secret door and it is a real USP of the hotel and must be taken advantage of.
Amy Welfare (Staff)
What can I say but... wow! After a full day out at Jinshangling climbing the Great Wall, I was driven back to Aman at the Summer Palace. Located about an hour out of the centre of the city, it is the perfect place to stay after a visit to the Wall or if you just want to get away from the hustle and bustle. You instantly feel relaxed upon arrival at this serene and peaceful retreat. The buildings are stunning as most are originals from the days of the Emperor as they were guest houses to the Summer Palace. You feel privileged to be staying in such an historic area and the fact that you get exclusive access to the Summer Palace through a secret door makes it even more exciting! You can take part in traditional calligraphy lessons and Chinese tea ceremonies and everywhere is exquisitely furnished and sensitively thought through. Our Courtyard Suite was stunning and I loved the huge bath tub - perfect for a soak after a long hike on the wall!
The interesting thing here is that even though history and culture play a huge part, you still get all you would expect from an Aman with perfect service and all the mod cons such as a huge private underground cinema and of course a wonderful spa.
798 Art District
Today enjoy a half-day tour of the 798 Art District which was a former military factory and has been turned into a contemporary arts hub for local artists. You will also visit Caochangdi Gallery and Red Gate Gallery.
Acrobatic Show in Chaoyang Theatre
Enjoy a stunning acrobatic show that showcases the highly skilled acts from contortionist to balancing routines to high wire stunts.
Badaling Great Wall by Helicopter
Tick off the iconic Great Wall in a spectacular fashion for a bird's eye view on one of its most well-preserved sections.
Beijing Brewery Discovery Experience
Wind through the alleyways and lanes of Beijing’s Hutongs and discover neighbourhood haunts where you’ll taste the city’s favourite late-night snack and sample local craft beer and spirits, including the potent ‘baijiu’.
Beijing City Tour
Today, embark on a full day tour of Beijing city as you explore the highlights including the Yonghe Lama Temple, Guozijiang Street, the Drum Tower and the Temple of Heaven.
Beijing Highlights - Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden Palace
This morning, explore the highlights of Beijing. Visit Tian An Men Square and the Forbidden City. Delve into the rich history and witness the past grandeur and glory of the Chinese imperial family.
Beijing Religion and Philosophy
Explore Beijing’s rich variety of religions and philosophies as you travel from Confucius Shrines to Tibetan Buddhist temples, Taoist temples to Muslim mosques and uncover the strength of traditional beliefs held by the worshippers.
Beijing Sidecar Fun
Take an exciting ride exploring Beijing in a sidecar! Discover the other side of Beijing as the tour brings you to the less known Hutongs, Fan Yuan Si - the oldest Buddhist temple, Confucius Temple or the Drum and Bell Tower.
Beijing's Modern Architectures
Today, we discover the modern side of Beijing's ever-evolving cityscape, such as the Bird's Nest, National Aquatics Centre, Olympic Park, Phoenix International Media Centre, CCTV, and the National Grand Theatre.
Biking in Beijing
View Beijing in a different light as you embark on biking tour at night. Bike along the moat of the Forbidden City and cycle through Tian An Men Square and the National Theatre. End at the night market where you can sample some local snacks.
Boat Ride at Beihai Park
Enjoy one-hour boat ride on the lake of Beihai Park, a beautiful imperial garden with a white pagoda.
Chinese Kung Fu Show
Enjoy an exciting Chinese Kungfu Show this evening where a Buddhist monk endures trials and challenges as he grows up to be a successful Kungfu master.
Cooking in the Hutongs
Learn how to cook traditional Beijing cuisine during this fun and interactive cookery lesson in Beijing's hutongs (narrow streets, courtyards and alleyways).
Today, we make a visit to Cuandixia village approximately 90 kilometre from Beijing.
Dumpling-Making Class at The Hutong
Learn how to knead and roll dough, create fillings and utilize natural dyes from fresh vegetables to make colourful dumpling wraps.
Forbidden City and Hutong Family Homemade Lunch
Beijing balances its ancient history with its 21st century lifestyles and this experience is a chance to explore both of these with a visit to the ancient Forbidden City and a chance to meet a local family and join them for lunch in their home.
Forbidden City Treasure Hunt
Uncover the secrets of Beijing’s Forbidden City as you take a treasure hunt through its palaces, gardens and imperial buildings in this family-friendly experience. Listen out for clues from your guide and search for special symbols in the 9,999 buildings.
Gubeikou Hike, Great Wall of China
Delve into the rich history of China as you walk the remote Gubeikou section of the Great Wall. Explore how this crumbling structure played an important part in protecting Beijing from Mongolian nomads and meet local farmers and producers.
Gubeikou to Jinshanling Great Wall Full Day Hike
Embark on a full day hike from Gubeikou to Jinshanling. Visit this untouched and remote ruins as you witness the original glory of the great wall.
Hutong Calligraphy Class at Summer Palace
Learn the art of Chinese calligraphy for 2 hours inside the Summer Palace, where the emperors once upon a time studied.
Hutong Cultural Immersion
Enjoy a unique Hutong experience on this half day tour as you take a rickshaw to visit the Drum Tower and a local home. Take part in the cultural activities like Chinese paper cutting, kite making and biking through the Hutong.
Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk
Get a taste of Beijing as you tour family-run restaurants in a tuktuk. Feast on homemade noodles, meat buns, popular yoghurt, roasted BBQ meats, roll traditional pancakes, down the Baijiu's firewater spirit and conclude at a local craft beer brewery.
Hutong Evening Foodie Tour By Tuktuk
Get a taste for the flavours of Beijing as you spend an evening touring neighbourhood family-run restaurants in a tuktuk before ending the night at a local craft beer brewery. Feast on local delicacies as you mingle with the residents of the hutongs.
Hutong Walking Tour Series
Uncover a world hidden from view as you walk through the hutongs, or alleyways, that connect Beijing’s neighbourhood houses and hear the eye-opening and intriguing stories of some of their most colourful inhabitants.
Introduction to Tai Chi & Qigong
Tai Chi and Qigong are two fascinating physical exercises which Chinese people often like to practice in preparation for the day ahead. During this short class, understand the history and health benefits of this morning ritual and learn some basic moves.
Jinshanling Great Wall Exploration
Visit Jinshanling Great Wall where fewer tourists venture. Enjoy the pristine beauty and serenity as you walk along the wall.
Jinshanling Hike at The Great Wall
Get away from the crowds as you trek a remote section of the Great Wall of China with a guide, along crumbling ramparts and past watchtowers with exceptional views over the surrounding rugged countryside.
Maliandao Tea Market
Taste three main tea types: Green, Oolong and Pu'er and discover the health benefits and processing practices associated with the different tea types. You will also learn about the art of tea-potting and tea-brewing.
Morning Jingshan Park Visit
This morning, climb up to the top of Jingshan Park for a great view of the majestic Forbidden City. Interact with the locals going about their daily routines and gain an insight into their lives.
Mutianyu Great Wall Exploration
Today, visit the restored section of the Great Wall - Mutianyu. Take a cable car ride up and go for an easy walk before riding down on a toboggan!
Peking Opera with Behind the Scenes Visit
We will head to Liyuan Theatre for a classic performance of Peking Opera. Before the show, you have the chance to watch the actors and actresses painting their faces.
Picnic with Wine and Cheeses on the Great Wall
Walk along the ancient Jiankou section of the Great Wall of China, offering perhaps the most authentic experience with unrestored towers and crumbling ramparts, towards the renovated section at Mutianyu. Soak in the views with a picnic lunch on the wall.
Private Kung Fu Class
This morning, enjoy a 1-hour private practice of Chinese Kung Fu under the guidance of a Kung Fu master.
Private Peking Opera Painting Class
Immerse in a one-hour private class on a local tea house and learn how to paint Peking Opera face on a mask.
Qianmen Pedestrian Street
Walk along the Qianmen pedestrian street with a history of 600 years old, and if you have children, they will enjoy a ride on a "diang-diang" tram.
Shadow Art Class
On this one-hour shadow art class, you will be joined by a teacher who will share insights into the history of Shadow Arts and you can learn how to ink the materials and turn it into a puppet.
Special Access to Chonghua Palace
Enjoy an exclusive 30-minute visit to Chonghua Palace, not open to general public.
Summer Palace Exploration
Discover the enchanting Summer Palace, one of the most well-preserved of palaces in Beijing. Stroll through the beautiful gardens and take a shared boat ride on Kunming Lake.
Tai Chi & Qigong Lesson
Tai Chi and Qigong are two fascinating physical exercises which Chinese people practice in preparation for the day ahead. During this short 1-hour class, understand the history and health benefits of this morning ritual and learn some basic moves.
Visit The Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
Enjoy a half day tour to The Great Wall of China. This visit will take you to Mutianyu and although further from the city it offers a much more natural Wall experience as it is less visited, enabling one to appreciate the stunning countryside.
Visit Tiannamen Square & The Forbidden City
Enjoy a half day tour of Beijing's most well-known landmarks. Start with a trip to Tian'ammen Square before heading onto The Forbidden City, a former imperial palace which was the residence to twenty-four different Chinese Emperors.
Visit to The Temple of Heaven & The Summer Palace
Visit The Temple of Heaven and The Summer Palace on this full day tour. The Temple of Heaven is one of China's most iconic sacrificial monuments meanwhile The Summer Palace, a World Heritage Site, was built as a luxurious royal garden for royal families.
Walking around the Great Wall of China
Works started on the Great Wall of China as early as 200 B.C and it now stretches from Shanhaiguan by the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi Desert. Sections of wall have been restored and repaired, offering fantastic walking opportunities.
Location & directions
On Gongmenqian Street, adjacent to the East gate of the Summer Palace, Aman at Summer Palace is an oasis of calm situated a mere 15km from Beijing’s Forbidden City.
How to get there
Beijing Capital International Airport (10 hours) is one of the main international airports for flights arriving into, and departing from, China. Aman at Summer Palace, Beijing is approximately 35 kilometres from the airport. Transfers are available between the resort and the airport on arrival and departure, and the journey takes around 45 minutes each way.
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