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

In-game description

The Summer Palace is a wonder in Age of Empires III: The Asian Dynasties that is unique to the Chinese and can be built to advance into the next Age. It sends a shipment of food when built and automatically spawns a banner army that is available at the War Academy of the player's choice at no cost, which takes six to seven times longer than training them at the War Academy itself.

Shipments Edit


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

Tactics Edit

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.

Further statistics Edit

As the Summer Palace can only be built by the Chinese, only improvements available to them (including native improvements) are listed here.

Building strengths and weaknesses
Strong vs. Nothing
Weak vs. Everything
Hit points Flying Buttress Flying Buttress (+20%)

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

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