The Empress Dowager Cixi (1835-1908) was one of the most notorious figures of Modern Chinese history. For nearly a half century, she used her cunning and connections to rule China from behind the throne. Even today, many still blame her for spending money on an elaborate pleasure garden at a time China faced grave threats from without and within. But the real story of the Empress Dowager Cixi – and the Summer Palace she built – is more complicated. As we stroll along the shoreline and hillsides of her magnificent creation, we will discuss the life and legacy of this fascinating historical figure. From May to October, we will also get a chance to explore parts of the park by boat as well as by foot.

Upcoming Public Walks at the Summer Palace

300 RMB per person (260 RMB for members of The Hutong)

Price includes all guide fees and tickets


Consider a Private Tour!

Looking for a walk that fits your schedule? Interested in a personal experience for you or your group?

Private walks of the Summer Palace are available for individuals, families, school and company groups.

Private walks are 1700 RMB for up to five people and 125 RMB for each additional person. Price includes all guide fees and admission tickets.

What others have said...

Jeremiah is so knowledgable and there are always interesting people on the cultural walks.

Your Walk Leader

Jeremiah Jenne is a writer and historian based in Beijing since 2002. He taught Chinese history and philosophy for nearly 10 years. He has written extensively on China for a number of publications including The Economist, The Atlantic Monthly, Journal of Asian Studies, Asia Society, Los Angeles Review of Books, The Beijinger, and the World of Chinese. His work can be found in the anthologies China in 2008: A Year of Great SignificanceThe Insider’s Guide to Beijing, and the 2015 collection While We’re Here: China Stories from a Writer’s Colony. He is a recurring guest on the public affairs podcast Sinica and is frequently asked to speak on Chinese culture and history to company and school groups.  Jeremiah also maintains the popular history and culture website