Chengde is 5 hours by train from Beijing. It is the 'Mountain Hamlet to escape the heat' built by Emperor Kangsi in 1703 as a summer residence. Hence the palace in the style of the Forbidden City, with walls and an extraordinarily charming lake. Chengde's original feature is its collection of temples with Tibetan-Mongol style architecture built on the hillsides, which have been well restored and nicknamed the 'Little Potala Palace.' The surrounding scenery is stunning. A piece of advice, plan to spend at least two nights here and hire a bike.
The Qing Dynasty reigned in China from 1644 to 1912. There are two necropolises 80 miles east of Beijing, in the Hebei Province, where you can find the tombs of five Qing emperors and fifteen empresses. Unfortunately, the tombs were pillaged in 1928. We recommend visiting the tombs of the Dowager Empress Cixi and the Qianlong Emperor Yuling in particular, as they are the most impressive.
Standing north of the summer residence, it is the largest of the 8 temples located inside the Great Wall of China.© Wilfried Louvet
It is the largest complex of royal palaces and gardens in China, eight times larger than the Forbidden City.© Best View Stock / age fotostock
Chengde is an imperial city. Located north of the Peking countryside, it is now a privileged summer destination.© Best View Stock / age fotostock
The park of the summer palace holds several Buddhist temples as well as a high tower: the Yongyousi Pagoda.© Best View Stock / age fotostock
Here you can see the Buddhist monks who call the temple home.© Best View Stock / age fotostock