The little town Chengde gained its prominence during the Qing
Dynasty when the emperors built a palace where they spend their
summer months when the heat in Beijing became unbearable.
Chengde Summer Resort, together with the temples around, was added
to the World Heritage List by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural
Organization) in 1994. So far, many scenic attractions in Chengde
have already been rated as 4-A class, highest level in this field
Chengde has advantaged and abundant tourist resources. It has the
world's largest royal hunting- the Mulan Paddock; the largest royal
garden-the Summer Resort; the greatest royal temple group -the
Eight Temples in the north of the Great Wall; the biggest wooden
Buddha statue -the Kwan-yin Bodhisattva with a thousand hands and a
thousand eyes, and the shortest river- the Hot River.
Chengde Summer Resort occupies a large area, incorporating
countless buildings into natural setting of plains, mountains,
lakes and islands to create an impressive scene which was praised
by the emperor Kangxi, who reckoned its natural scenery more
beautiful than the West Lake in Hangzhou Zhejiang province.
The Eight Temples in the north of the Great Wall around the Summer
Resort is resplendent and magnificent. It fuses the architecture
styles of the various nationalities in China such as Man
nationality, Han nationality and Mongolian nationality to create
buildings of multi-features.
The Mulan Paddock, familiar to many people, has been rated as a
National Forest Park owning to its magic charm of a great grassland
whose beauty was once described in a Chinese poem, like a peaceful
and harmonious picture with a vast sky above, boundless grassland
below and wind blowing the low grass then flocks and herds coming
In the north of Chengde is Wulingshan Mountain Natural Reserve; in
the west lies the No.1 Grassland for the purpose of spending one's
holiday and in the east are Yuquanxing Palace and Liaohe River