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Chengde, North of Beijing

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A travel journal to Chengde by travel2000

Quote: Chengde is in northern China and in the Ching Dynasty, was an important political center second only to Beijing. The impressive Summer Palace is a treasure in itself, worth the trip from Beijing.

Chengde, North of Beijing

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Overview

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The entire Chengde is basically the summer palace and hunting grounds for many Ching Dynasty emperors, including the infamous Empress Dowager (remember the film, The Last Emperor? If you haven't seen it yet, rent it!) So you can imagine how impressive these grounds are, if they are good enough for such demanding royals. Highlights of the city include the Summer Palace and the Temples surrounding the city. The earlier Emperors spent up to half a year here, so Chengde was an important political center, second only to Beijing.Quick Tips: Chengde is about 4 hours by train north of Beijing. On the train ride, you pass through some parts of the Great Wall. Be careful not to confuse Chengde with Che...Read More

Summer Palace

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Attraction | "The Summer Palace-Indoor Compound"

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The Summer Palace and Gardens is huge. We are talking about an area of 5,000 plus square kilometers. (I don't know the conversion to feet, because everything in China is metric.) It was built around the 1700's and the site was picked and organized according to the natural landscape of the Ching Dynasty in China. The plan of the Palace grounds signified the unification of different areas occupied by the Manchu's: South East equals the lakes, North West equals the mountains, and North East equals the grassland. Basically, the visit to the Palace can be divided into two parts: The Palace Compound and the vast Outdoor Areas. The Palace Compound is locate...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Summer Palace
Kunming Lake
Haidian, Beijing, China
010-6288 1144

Summer Palace

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Attraction | "The Summer Palace-Outdoor Areas"

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Outdoor Areas: On my last visit, I was only able to see the Lake Area and the Grassland since the cable car service was suspended for maintenance. I'm sure things would be fixed by now. The Lake Area mimics the area south of ChangJiang (this is the long river, where the big dam is being built right now). Those areas would include SuZhou, (please see my jounrnal on SuZhou for more detail), HangZhou, NingBo, JiaXing, and so on. There are many Chinese gardens, bridges, pavilions, pagodas, and piers. One particular place of interest is called ReHe (which literally means hot river) where the water is actually piping hot! The Grassland looks like the North...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

Summer Palace
Kunming Lake
Haidian, Beijing, China
010-6288 1144

PuTuo Temple

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Attraction | "The Temples"

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In Chengde, there are 12 major temples of different religions. They are located on the northern and eastern hills surrounding the Summer Palace. There temples were built in the 1700's when China ruled over the vast area. The temples were instrumental in maintaining the peace and harmony of the country, and they were also a showcase of how powerful and accommodating the emperors were in bringing different people together. The temples are: PuRenSi temple, PuXianSi temple, PuNingSi temple, PuYouSi temple, AnYuanMiao temple, PuLeSi temple, PuTuoZongChengZhiMiao temple, GuangAnSi temple, ShuXiangSi temple, LuoHanTang temple, GuangYuanSi temple and XuMiFuShouZhiMiao temple. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

PuTuo Temple
PuTuo Temple
Chengde, China

PuLeSi Temple

Attraction

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PuLeSi temple is made up of many buildings plus the drum tower, bell tower, and various gate doors. The layout is symmetrical and layered. It was built in 1766 and occupies 2,4000 square meters. The inside of the temple is highly decorated with many sculptures of the gods. Note that the main round building is modeled after the famous Tiantan Temple in Beijing. So if it looks familiar after your visit to Beijing, that's why!

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

PuLeSi Temple
PuLeSi Temple
Chengde, China

PuTuo Temple

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Attraction

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PuTuo temple is very special because it was modeled after the Putala Palace (don't know how to spell? I think this is correct) in Tibet. When you first view it from afar, it seems as though you are actually in Tibet.

The complex is very big and you have to climb many stairs to reach the main building. (Be prepared to work your calves. This is another reason to avoid the hot summer months.) This climb is definitely worthwhile because the view from above is gorgeous. The inside of the main building is completely different from the outside, which looks more like a traditional temple. There are some elaborate decorations and the roof is so shiny you need sunglasses to take a look.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 14, 2000

PuTuo Temple
PuTuo Temple
Chengde, China

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Story/Tip

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I cannot remember the exact name of the hotel I stayed in last. It is either called QiaoYang or QianYang. The rooms were decent (meaning clean and sleepable). For shopping, Chengde is famous for almonds. Sweet almond drinks are sold in tanks by street hawkers. They also come in a powder form which are sold in packets everywhere. You can buy some to bring home with you. Chengde is quite famous for something called Jade Pillows. These are pillows with little flat round pieces of jade sewn on top. I was told that they are especially comfortable in the summer heat since the jade is cold and will cool your head! (That's what I was told. As you can tell, I didn't actually buy one.) ...Read More

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