Chengde Summer Palace, also called Hot River Palace is located in
the north of Chengde city and is where emperors from China's
ancient Qing dynasty spent their summers to escape the summer heat
The palace was built during early 18th century during the reign of
Emperor Qianlong with an effort of more than 90 years to compete.
It contains emperor's residential buildings, royal gardens and some
The most two famous Qing emperors, Qinglong and Kangxi spent nearly
half of the year here each year during their reins and Chengde thus
became the second most important political center after Beijing.
Nowadays, the historically important Chengde not only serves as a
tourist destination but also as a live museum to explore and define
the history and culture of the Qing Dynasty because of its legacy
Chengde Summer Palace is the largest surviving royal garden in
China, occupying an area of 564,000 square meters, even bigger than
the Summer Palace in Beijing. China's ancient ambitious emperors
always glued their eyes to their territory, even when they were on
This notion is embodied in the elaborate layout of the Chengde
Summer Palace, which consists of several parts representing China's
multi-featured landscapes e.g. the affluent rice plain terrain
south of the Yangtze River and mountainous and bleak areas in
Northwest China form a mini-territorial sweep of his empire.
The residential area located on the southern side houses more than
20,000 royal items, which are to be of great tourism and historical
Chengde Summer Palace is a fine example of China's royal gardens,
which used various traditional ways to combine features of southern
China and the grassland in nomadic north of China in an arrangement
with more than 120 buildings.Pick up No.5 bus through to the destination from Chengde railway
station or the coach station.
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