The Imperial Summer Mountain Resort (Bishushanzhuang) and its Outlying Temples is located in Hebei, 3 hours' drive from Beijing. The size of Chengde Summer resort is as big as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace combined. It is surrounded by a 10 kilometres long wall and covers 590 hectares. It also absorbs the style, arts and culture of many other cultural groups, especially the Tibetans. "Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde" was added to UNESCO's World Heritage List in 1994.
Summer Mountain Resort
The Mountain Resort (the Qing dynasty's summer palace) was built between 1703 and 1792. It is a vast complex of palaces and administrative and ceremonial buildings. Temples of various architectural styles and imperial gardens blend harmoniously into a landscape of lakes, pastureland and forests. In addition to its aesthetic interest, the Mountain Resort is a rare historic vestige of the final development of feudal society in China.
Outlying Temples (Eight Outer Temples)
Putuozongcheng (Potala) Palace, modelled after Lhasa's Potala Palace, is the largest and the most impressive of the Chengde palaces and was built in 1790 by Qianlong for his 60th birthday. The Potala Temple, its tapering windows and slab-sided walls obviously influenced by Tibet, is in no way "a copy of the Potala Temple in Lhasa". Many windows are blind, and several outbuildings are solid, just intended to add to the massy splendor of the whole.
Xumifushou Miao (Temple of Happiness and Longevity at Mount Sumeru)
Partly inspired by Tashilhunpo in Tibet, this temple was constructed to make the Panchen Lama, number two in the Tibetan religious hierarchy, feel at home during a visit in 1780.
Pule Si (Temple of Universal Joy)
Tibetan advisors were employed in the design of this temple, built to receive annual tributary visits from defeated Mongol tribes. But the most striking element is the copy at the rear of the circular Hall of Prayer for Good Harvests from the Temple of Heaven. Shady benches around the quiet courtyards make perfect picnic stops.
Puning Si (Temple of Universal Peace)
The main Hall of Mahayana is impressive -- story upon story of red walls and yellow roofs, topped with a gold knob surrounded by four mini-pagoda-like points. More impressive still is its contents, a giant copper-colored wooden Guanyin figure more than 22m (73 ft.) high, the largest of its kind in the world. It's possible to climb three levels of interior galleries to look the figure in the eye, as she sits in dusty gloom.
* The imperial resort is as big as the Forbidden City and the Summer Palace combined, and surrounded by a 0 kilometers long wall.
* The eight outlying monasteries outside the walled resort are built in the mountains and they absorb the style, arts and culture of many other cultural groups, especially the Tibetans.
Anytime between mid May - mid October. Snow clad mountains & monasteries in winter are also stunningly beautiful.
Although a summer resort, it would be quite crowded in July and August as many students and their parents visit the place during their vacation.
Day 1 Arrive Chengde
Coach departs from Beijing to Chengde (3.5 hours) in the morning (Other locales: we welcome those to join us from other locales and meet us in Beijing or Chengde).
Upon arrival, we check in the hotel and have lunch. In the afternoon, we take a tour in Bishushanzhuang, walled mountain resort wth palaces, villas, lakes, gardens, prairies, and mountains. The tour ends up with a moderate hiking on the grassland in the resort. Dinner and free time.
Chengde Jiahe International Hotel(L)
Day 2 Chengde / Beijing
Breakfast and then visit two of the Outlying Temples: Putuozongcheng and Puning Temple. After lunch, visit another Outlying Temple: PuleTemple, which is away from bustling town at the slope of the hill and planting field. Then mount on the Club Rock Mountain (by cable car) for a bird-eye view of the whole city. Drive back to Beijing at around 19:00.
Please note that alternative hotels of similar standards will be used if any of the hotels mentioned in the itinerary is unable to provide enough accommodation.
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2-day bespoke tour prices
10% discount for children under 12
Single supplement RM500 for 1 night
Private English-speaking guide(s) (selected by CCC)
Round trip (Beijing-Chengde-Beijing) transportation and city tour in Chengde by quality, air-conditioned vehicle.
All accommodations, based on double-occupancy and including breakfast, service charge, and government tax. (Five-star hotels or equivelant boutique hotels)
All admission fees and activity expenses, as noted in the itinerary
All meals as noted in the itinerary
What's Not Included:
Meals apart from those included in the itinerary
Expenses of a personal nature
Excursions and activities not included in the itinerary
Discretionary gratuities for guides and drivers
Chinese tourist visa, which is required for most foreign passport holders
Travel, health and trip cancellation insurance
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