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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 in China. 

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 into view.

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 Holiday Zone.

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Located in the northeastern part of Suzhou, Zhuozhengyuan (Humble Administrator's Garden), with a total area of 51,950 square meters (5.2 hectares), is the largest private garden in Suzhou. It has been listed as one of the four most famous national classic ...Read More
Temple of Universal Benevolence (Puren Temple) is the earliest temple, lies to the north of the Mountain Summer Resort. It was also called Qiansi (Front Temple) and built imitating the Potala Palace. Like the Potala Palace, the compassionate and merciful God ...Read More
The temple was built in the 39th year of Qianlong's reign, covering 12,000 square meters and imitating Anguo Temple of Haining in Zhejiang Province. It is the temple of Han style. It lays 508 arhats, which were made of China fir wood with gold lacquer.Read More

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by Quinby 2011-05-23
The Xumifushou Temple lies on the northern mountain of the Lion Gully in the northern Mountain Summer Resort in Chengde. It is also called "the Palace of Banchan". The "Xumi Mountain" is called ceremony in Tibetan and it means the auspicious living place. "Fushou" means "Lunbu" in Tibetan. The Xumifushou Temple means the temple is the place with a lot of ...
by Akiyama 2011-05-23
Covering an area of 23,000 square meters, the Temple of Universal Peace (Puning si), is the furthest north of the eight remaining outer temples of Chengde. The temple has also in its time been known as the Big Buddha Temple (Dafo si), a reference to the huge statue of Avalokiteshvara, "the lord who hears/looks in every direction," which is covered with ...
by Flos 2011-05-23
Wuyuan, on the boundary of three provinces in Jiangxi's northeastern corner, has a magnificent landscape dotted with strange caves, deep secluded rocks and numerous historic sites. It has been described by some overseas photographers as the "most beautiful of Chinese villages." Wuyuan County is located at the northeast of Jiangxi Province. Ziyang, in the ...