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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 in Beijing.

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 magnificent temples.

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 that remains.

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 vacation.

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 value.

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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2011-05-23
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 in Beijing. The palace was built during early 18th century during ...Read More
2011-05-23
The Imperial Summer Resort was the largest imperial garden in the Qing Dynasty. It covers an area of 5.64 million square meters, is twice as big as the Summer Palace in Beijing. The imperial theme of "collecting the world scene in one garden, moving the best ...Read More
2011-05-23
The Summer Palace is one of the China's largest and best-preserved imperial gardens. It is a masterpiece of Chinese landscape garden design, integrating the natural landscape of hills and open water with man-made features into a harmonious and aesthetically ...Read More

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Chengde Mountain Resort (The Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde) Have another name called Chengde from palace or Rehe temporary dwelling place, lie in the north of Chengde city center of Hebei, the place that the emperor went to summer resort and dealt with the government affairs in summer in Qing Dynasty. Summer Villa lies to the north of ...
by Ichabod 2011-05-23
Chengde Mountain Resort and Outlying Temples Chengde Mountain Resort, also known as Chengde Summer Villa, Chengde Bishu Shanzhuang, Chengde Li Palace and Rehe Imperial Palace, is a popular summer resort for emperors and dignitaries in Qing Dynasty and also the biggest Imperial Garden in the world. It has made perfect combination of the natural sceneries. ...
by Omaka 2011-05-23
Bishushanzhuang (aka the Chengde Summer Resort) is located in the northern part of Chengde City, Hebei Province. The park is 5.64 million square meters, has 110 buildings, bounded by a 10 km zigzag wall. It was a palace for the Qing emperors to spend their summer days. The project began in 1703 and was completed in 1792. At the north end of the gardens the ...