"Generates Banner Armies automatically. Configure it to produce different things."

In-game description

The Summer Palace is an Chinese Wonder in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties. It sends a shipment of Food when built and slowly produces Banner armies for free.

Overview Edit

The Summer Palace slowly produces any of the six Banner armies that are available from the War Academy of the player's choice. If the player's population limit is reached, the Banner army will be created as soon as there are population spaces available. Banner armies can only be spawned if available in that Age, and take about six to seven times longer to be spawned than to be trained at the War Academy. Unlike the Porcelain Tower, the work rate of the Summer Palace is unaffected by the Age it is built in.

The Summer Palace is commonly used to advance into the Colonial Age, as the Food shipment is very helpful for aging quickly to the Fortress Age. The Banner Armies it provides over time are also helpful when defending during the transition to the Fortress Age and provides a nice boost to the army later on.


Banner army Spawn rate
Old Han Army
153 seconds
Standard Army
151 seconds
Ming Army
158 seconds
Territorial Army
193 seconds
Forbidden Army
294 seconds
Imperial Army
255 seconds

Shipments Edit

Age Shipment
Colonial age up
400 food
Fortress age up
1000 food
Industrial age up
1500 food
Imperial age up
2000 food

Home City Cards Edit

As the Summer Palace is exclusive to the Chinese, only other civilizations' TEAM cards that affects them are listed here.

History Edit

"The Summer Palace is the archetypal Chinese garden, and is among the most noted and classical gardens of the world. The Old Summer Palace was constructed in the Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) during the succeeding reigns of feudal emperors; by the time of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), it had “become a luxurious retreat providing royal families with rest and entertainment. Originally called “Qingyi Garden” (Garden of Clear Ripples), it was part of the famous “three hills and five gardens”: Longevity Hill, Jade Spring Mountain, Fragrant Hill, Garden of Clear Ripples, Garden of Everlasting Spring, Garden of Perfection and Brightness, Garden of Tranquility and Brightness, and Garden of Tranquility and Pleasure. An Anglo-French invasion force destroyed the garden during the second Opium War. In 1888 the Dowager Empress Cixi rebuilt the garden and renamed it the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan).

Centered on the Tower of Buddhist Incense (Foxiangge) the Summer Palace consists of over 3,000 structures, including pavilions, towers, bridges, and corridors. Composed mainly of Longevity Hill and Kunming Lake, The Summer Palace occupies an area of 294 hectares (726.5 acres), three quarters of which is water. Guided by nature, artists designed the gardens so that visitors would see marvelous views and be amazed by perfect examples of refined craftwork and the finest materials.

Gallery Edit