Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde
(承德避暑山庄及周围寺庙景区 chéng dé bì shǔ shān zhuāng jí zhōu biān sì miào jǐng qū)
The Mountain Resort and Outlying Temples Tourist Attraction, located in Chengde, Hebei province, is composed of four scenic areas: the Mountain Resort, the Potala & Palace of Panchen Lama, Puning Temple and Qingchuifeng (Sledge Hammer Peak).
Built between 1703 and 1792, the Mountain Resort is a vast complex of palaces and administrative and ceremonial buildings, used as a summer getaway for imperial members of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). Temples and gardens blend harmoniously into a landscape of lakes, pasture and forests. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, the Mountain Resort is a rare historic remnant of the final days of Chinese feudal society.
The Potala & Palace of Panchen Lama Scenic Area is located to the north of the Mountain Resort. Highlights include the Putuo Zongcheng Temple and Xumi Fushou Temple, which were built in 1767 and 1780 respectively.
The Puning Temple Scenic Area is located on the river bank in the northeast area of the Mountain Resort while the Qingchuifeng Scenic Area, which covers 4,005 square meters, is located in the east of the Mountain Resort.
The tourist attraction was named a world cultural heritage by UNESCO in 1994.
Scenic Spot Level: AAAAA
Ideal Sightseeing Season: summer
Recommended Duration For A Visit: two days
Cableway is available at Qingchuifeng, 50 yuan for a one-way trip.
Coupon for the four main scenic areas: 260 yuan (April 1 – Oct 31)
190 yuan (Nov 1- March 31)
50 percent off for visitors between 6 and 18 or 60 and 70 years old, and full-time students with valid certificates (students’ card, ID or passport)
Free admission for children under 6 years or 1.2 meters; and visitors over 70 years old with valid certificates
Mountain Resort: No 22 Lizhengmen Street, Chengde, Hebei province
Potala & Palace of Panchen Lama: north of Shizigou, Shuangqiao district, Chengde, Hebei province
Puning Temple: No 1 Puning Road, Shuangqiao district, Chengde, Hebei province
Qingchuifeng (Sledge Hammer Peak): northern section of Pule Road, Shuangqiao district, Chengde, Hebei province
Visitors can take a bus to travel between different scenic areas.